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Pashinyan: Most likely in 2019 the release of water from Lake Sevan  will not exceed the threshold established by law 

Pashinyan: Most likely in 2019 the release of water from Lake Sevan  will not exceed the threshold established by law 

ArmInfo. As of August 26, 2019, compared with the same period last year, 45 million 616 thousand cubic meters less water were taken from Lake Sevan. The Prime  Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan announced this on his Facebook  page.

"Everything is going to ensure that this year the discharge of water  from Lake Sevan will not exceed the threshold established by law (170  million cubic meters-ed. note) And the water level in Sevan will  begin to rise," the prime minister wrote.

To recall, on June 6, the government decided that in 2019 water  releases from Lake Sevan will not exceed 170 million cubic meters.  According to the Minister of Territorial Administration and  Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikyan, the need  to draw water from Lake Sevan is due to the need to irrigate 32  thousand hectares of agricultural land in the Armavir, Ararat, Kotayk  and Aragatsont regions of the republic. The reservoirs of the  republic, as the minister noted, are full, but they are out of the  reach of the above areas. The Office will do everything in its power  to exclude additional water withdrawals.  RA Prime Minister Nikol  Pashinyan noted that 170 million cubic meters fit into the volumes  stipulated by the current legislation of the country. Nevertheless,  as the head of government emphasized, it is necessary to use the  lake's waters as efficiently as possible in order to prevent  additional releases, even despite the expected heat. 

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