In 2017 as compared with 2016 Water Committee Chairman Arsen Harutyunyan reported that irrigated land increased by 8,930 hectares or 9.2% in 2017 as compared to 2016, reaching a total of 97, 470 hectares.
In 2017 as compared with 2016 28% or 1,130 million cubic meters’ increase in water supply was ensured in 2017, 5130 cubic meters were taken up to 6001 cubic meters or each hectare of irrigated land,. In 2017, proceeds increased by 1,420 billion drams as compared to 2016, with the water fee collection standing at 380 million drams: Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan visited the State Water Management Committee of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources to get acquainted with the activities and priorities completed in 2017, as well as the tasks set for 2018.
The responsible Committee officials noted that in 2018 the main task is to increase the coverage of irrigated land up to 110,000 hectares. It was reported that in order to improve the water metering system, 2100 water meters shall be introduced.
Touching upon the operation of pumping stations, the Head of Government suggested considering the possibility of handing over some of them to the private sector.
The Prime Minister set a task to build 2-3 reservoirs in the State-private sector format in 2018.
Reference was made to adequate water supply and sanitation services in 579 settlements, not being serviced by a specialized operator. Addressing the management of Veolia Jur, Prime Minister Karapetyan emphasized that the Government is ready to discuss flexible proposals. This information is taken from th official website of the Armenian Government.
14:03 January 22, 2018