ArmInfo.Ecologist, water resources specialist Knarik Hovhannisyan is concerned about the state of water resources in Armenia.
Thus, on March 22, at a press conference at the Noyan-Tapan press center in Yerevan, timed to coincide with the World Water Day, the ecologist said that the condition of the reservoirs of the country causes serious concern.
"Recently, we often hear complaints about the fact that the reservoirs are not being filled in. This is due to the fact that they are in a deplorable state.I used to remember that the colmatation of reservoirs was carried out every year, which helped to reduce losses, which is not done today," - said the ecologist. And in this context, she added that the state of reservoirs and the purity of water are deteriorating in the country, including because of the mining industry that is developing quite actively in the republic.
No less serious damage to the environment and water resources of the country, according to the ecologist, is caused by fish farms. "Unfortunately, the Government of Armenia does not take appropriate steps to mitigate the consequences of damage caused by fish farms." There are no cleaning facilities in the basins, water resources are polluted, as we know, serious damage is caused to the country's artesian water reserves, and their further use can lead to irreversible environmental consequences.Several water supply from Sevan is no less a cause for concern.The Armenian government asks to increase the releases each year, irrigation water, in fact only about 25% of the water from Sevan reaches farmers, the remaining 70% - are lost, "Oganesyan said.
She also stated that in the deplorable state there are also the waters of many rivers in Armenia. According to the ecologist, for example, the degree of water pollution in the rivers of the Syunik region is 5-th degree, which indicates their inadequacy not only for drinking, but also for irrigation, however, people are forced to use it. The solution of the problem in this case, according to the ecologist's conviction, is the need for proper attention of the state to problems in this sphere and allocation of financial resources for the elimination of existing problems.
Every year on March 22, the world celebrates World Water Day (World Water Day or World Day of Water). The idea of holding it was first voiced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which was held in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. In accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, this day began to be celebrated since 1993. States were called upon to celebrate the Day of Water Resources implementing the UN recommendations and carrying out specific actions at the national level.