ArmInfo.The Ministry of Environment of Armenia sees the need to revise the RA Water Code. In particular, it is reported that soon the department will come up with a new bill to amend the Water Code of the Republic of Armenia, which will be comprehensive and consistent with international standards. Moreover, in this regard, it is planned to create a working group whose activities will be to identify existing legislative problems and propose new legal norms.
According to the information of the ministry, the head of the environmental department Romanos Petrosyan instructed the heads of departments and relevant divisions, before sending the bill to the government, in a short time, to make an inventory of the problems, and to present their views and proposals. He noted that the latter should be in the context of overcoming the existing challenges with scientific justification and balancing the interests of business entities and representatives of environmental circles.
In a telephone conversation with an ArmInfo correspondent, the press secretary of the Ministry of the Environment Edgar Arakelyan explained that there are numerous problems in the field of water resources management, ranging from granting licenses to water users, ending with the smallest issues. He noted that the entire system needs to create a legislative framework.
Knarik Hovhannisyan, a well-known ecologist of Armenia, a specialist in water resources, also expressed his assessment of water legislation in an interview with ArmInfo correspondent. She said that back in 2002 she took part in the development of water legislation, the application of which would allow solving the existing systemic problems in the water sector of Armenia. However, this draft law was changed by the invited "experts" who, according to Ms. Hovhannisyan, did not have the necessary competence, and purely worked off the funds received.
Having familiarized herself with the draft law providing for changes in the country's water legislation this year, the ecologist noted the point concerning small hydroelectric power plants as significant positive changes. "With the light hand of our" pot-bellied "water use licenses were granted for a period of 25 years, figuratively speaking, until the end of their lives. Today's bill proposes to reduce these terms to 5 years. We offered the same thing back in 2002>, - said Ms. Hovhannisyan.
At the same time, the ecologist noted the need to introduce a "progressive" tariff for the population. She explained that the daily water consumption in Yerevan is 240 liters. A progressive tariff implies an increase in water charges if consumers exceed this norm. In addition, Knarik Hovhannisyan considers it expedient for low-income families to provide 50 liters of water free of charge, which is a sanitary standard for a person.
"This is very important because the expected warming of the climate will lead to a sharp decrease in water resources," she said. In this regard, the expert emphasized that the new water code should also provide for alternative sources of water.
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