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We saved water although had the right to use it: 30 million cubic  meters less water was taken from Lake Sevan

We saved water although had the right to use it: 30 million cubic  meters less water was taken from Lake Sevan

ArmInfo.In 2019, compared with 2018, water withdrawal from Lake Sevan turned out to be below the threshold established by law of 170 million cubic meters - up to 140  million cubic meters. Armenian Minister of Nature Protection Erik  Grigoryan stated this in an interview with reporters on October 17  after a government meeting.

So, according to the Minister in 2018, the water intake from Lake  Sevan exceeded the threshold established by law by 30 million cubic  meters. In the current year, despite the demand for water in the  amount of 170 million cubic meters, thanks to the coordinated work of  government departments, it was possible to reduce water releases by  the same 30 million cubic meters.

At the same time, as Grigoryan pointed out, in 2019 there was less  rainfall and more evaporation of water from the lake. "That is, if  today we fix the water level of Lake Sevan by 4-5 cm more than last  year, then if more favorable conditions were provided, we would have  recorded an increase of more than 15 cm," the Minister explained.

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  for water intake from Lake Sevan is due to the need to irrigate 32  thousand hectares of agricultural land in the Armavir, Ararat, Kotayk  and Aragatsotn 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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