World Bank to Allocate $30 Million to Water Supply System

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The World Bank’s Board of Trustees approved on Friday a $30 million four to five year program to develop the Yerevan water supply system–reported First Deputy Minister of Urban Development Andranik Andreassian at a seminar held last week presided over by Prime Minister Armen Darbinian.

A detailed presentation of the situation of the water supply system including technical and financial aspects and prospects was provided to the Armenian government.

It was reported that currently the water supply is operated by 207 artesian sources–16 purifying facilities where the water is mostly purified by mechanical ways–76 pump stations–and 30 water control laboratories.

Andreassian characterized the situation of the water supply system as dire. Fifty to sixty percent of the equipment used has been in operation for more than 20 years and therefore defective. And the system has an 11 billion debt.

It was also reported that there are great reserves of high-quality drinking water in Armenia.

Andreassian said that a program for the system of other regions in Armenia is being developed–with negotiations being held with the German Bank for Development and USAID.

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