ArmInfo. In 2019, through the hydrotechnical complex Arpa- Sevan, 150-180 million cubic meters of water will flow into Lake Sevan. This was reported to the Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikyan, who had taken part in the first releases of water into Lake Sevan yesterday.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia, Suren Papikyan visited, in particular, Kechut reservoir, where the responsible persons in detail presented to the minister the technical and economic description of the water basin, reported on the water volumes in the reservoir. They assured the minister that the water volumes in the water basin were brought to a starting point, and in the coming months the water supply to Lake Sevan will be carried out uninterruptedly and efficiently.
Then Suren Papikyan visited the section of the Arpa-Sevan water tunnel in the Yeghegis area. General Director of Arpa-Sevan OJSC Paruyr Hakobyan informed the Minister about the work done to increase the capacity of the tunnel, with the result that, as expected, water releases to Lake Sevan will double. If at present the volumes of water transfer through the hydraulic engineering complex Arpa-Sevan make up a maximum of 14.5 cubic meters per second, then after the work done, they will amount to 18.5-19.5 cubic meters per second.
Earlier, ArmInfo reported that the construction of the Arpa-Sevan tunnel is planned to be completed in 2019, which will provide an opportunity to increase the volume of water entering the lake by 100-150 million cubic meters. Last year, water releases to Sevan through the tunnel amounted to 92 million cubic meters. As a result, in 2018 the lake level increased by 30 cm. At present, the level of Sevan is 1199.7 m. About 170 million cubic meters of water are taken from the lake annually for irrigation needs. Currently, work is underway on the construction of four large reservoirs, which will eliminate these fences from the lake. It should be noted that the length of the hydraulic engineering complex Arpa-Sevan is 48.3 kilometers. Its construction began in the 1960s. The penetration was completed in 1981. The tunnel starts at the Kechut reservoir on the river Arpa and flows into Lake Sevan near the village of Artsvanist. Lake Sevan is the main source of drinking water in the region, one of the largest alpine lakes in Europe and Asia, located in the heart of the Armenian Highlands, at an altitude of 1914 meters. In length, from the north- west to the south-east, the lake stretches over 70 kilometers, and its water surface reaches almost 1,5 thousand square kilometers. The only source originating from the lake is the Hrazdan River (a tributary of the Araks), with 28 rivers flowing into it, the total basin area of which is 2,776 sq. Kilometers. By 2030, the lake level will be raised to the optimum 1903.5 m.