“Participatory Utilization and Resources Efficiency of Water” (PURE Water) project was launched


On July 18 RA Minister of Nature Protection Artsvik Minasyan participated in the official start-up of “Participatory Utilization and Resources Efficiency of Water” (PURE Water) project funded by the USAID. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Armenia Richard Mills, USAID/Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser and other officials were engaged. The Minister extended a vote of thanks to the U.S. Government for extensive assistance in various spheres within 25 years. Artsvik Minasyan attributed importance to the project fulfillment and set up of integrated water resource management, stressed that we are facing water resource worrying problems and the RA Government focuses attention to address them.

“Today we store water volume not exceeding 1 billion m3 (cubic meter) in wells. The index does not surpass 1.1 billion cubic meters /m3/ under volume-weighted-average of the entire wells, whereas water resources of 9 billion m3 became visible due to different years. In fact, we meet efficient management task: water reserving and reasonable utilization of water in various sectors”: the Minister stated, setting a great store on the participatory process to be viable, public and transparent as well as everyone's equality before the law, while using this crucial resource. U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills was thankful project participating communities in his welcome speech: “Water resource issues will benefit from your efforts, community-based participatory approach. Here is the last illustration of the cooperation between Armenia and the United States of America and we are proud, that we partake in the conservation efforts directed to precious water resources of Armenia”. The Ambassador remarkably emphasized.

At the ceremony a memorandum of partnership was signed between 12 partner communities and “Participatory Utilization and Resources Efficiency of Water” (PURE Water) project. The project is aimed at increasing water productivity, reducing the rate of groundwater extraction in Ararat Valley, fostering behavioral, governance changes to bring about sustainable water management. There are also envisaged investments by a three-year activity with the objective of improving water infrastructures.