CARE 4 SEVAN: Pollution Prevention Project by AESA

GLENDALE—The Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA), serving the Armenian communities in the US and Armenia for more than 25 years is launching its flagship CARE 4 SEVAN, Pollution Prevention Project.

In order to bring our local community up to date with the current situation in Lake Sevan, AESA is hosting a Public Awareness Forum in Glendale Public Library on Sunday August 2 at 5:30 pm. The forum will present the causes of the water contamination in Lake Sevan, the impact of the contamination on the health and economic situation in Armenia, and finally it will present AESA’s solutions to this major problem.

The Civil Engineering Committee and the Environmental Committee of AESA kicked-off the Care4Sevan Project. The project is to provide proper sewer system designs and building guidelines for small villages around Lake Sevan. Improper sewer disposal methods in these villages have caused the sewer to seep through the earth and mix with the local water tables, rivers, streams and their drinking water wells. This has become a major problem.

AESA plans to provide designs based on USA- California and International Codes for the sewer disposal systems that can be scaled up or down to accommodate each village according to its size, population, and topography. The contaminants in the cleaned out water of the sewer system (white water) need to be brought down to below an acceptable level before the water is released into ground or over ground surface.

“I commend AESA for initiating such a strategic cause” said Levon Thorose former AESA President who is currently involved with many humanitarian projects inside Armenia. “This initiative could not come in a better time. There are already big commercial developments named Lavanda City, to name one, on the west coast of the Sevan lake, that severely violate the lake’s cleanliness in a worst way: About 50 cottages are sold to the public at large in the beautiful woods surrounding the Sevan lake, and none of the cottages sold have clean sewer systems. They all dump their sewer into the sand underneath the cottages. There are absolutely no bans to these commercial developments.”

AESA is inviting our community to attend this important public forum and we urge our community to offer its support to this great cause. Attendance is free.

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