Gegharot River Water Again Muddy: Aragats Community Residents Converned: Village Head Sure It's Caused by Snow Melting

Gegharot River Water Again Muddy: Aragats Community Residents Converned: Village Head Sure It's Caused by Snow Melting

EcoLur

The river of Geghot river, Aragatsotn Region, which supplies water to Aragats community and irrigable land areas of several neighboring communities, have changed and become muddy in recent years.

“The residents wondered what was the reason for the change in colour of the river water and what items were included the water content, which changed not only the water colour, but also the colour of bottom sediments, mud, sand and pebble. Some of the villagers, as before, tied the changes in the river with the two small HPPs on the river,” says the official website of the Aarhus Center.

EcoLur had an interview with Aragats Community Head Henrik Hovhannisyan on this issue, who said, in his opinion, the change of the river water is conditioned with the snow melting.

In reply to the question whether Gegharot water underwent lab analysis, Hovhannisyan said that both the ex village head and the administration of both HPPs located in the area carried out lab analysis of the river water quality. The results say there is nothing hazardous.

Reminder: the same issue was raised in April 2014, when the river colour was again brown. Under the residents of Aragats Village, Aragatsotn Region, it’s toxic and not usable in any way. The residents conditioned such a state of the river with the SHPPs constructed on the river, “Gegharot” and “Aragats-1”. The change in the colour of the Gegharot River was an environmental problem and not a sign of a quake: such a conclusion was made by Hrachya Petrosyan, Head of “Seismic Protection Service” Agency of the Ministry for Emergency States. So far the river was able to clean itself. Now the SHPP disturbed the hydrogeological state of the river and the river is not able to clean itself any more.

EcoLur is drawing the attention of competent bodies to this issue.

Photo is taken from www.aarhus.am web site

May 20, 2015 at 16:40