The residents of Taronik Community, Armavir Region, who are voicing about serious problems with irrigation and drinking water, have started a signature collection in order to apply to the Armenian Government with a demand to recover their violated right to water. The letter says:
“Dear Mr. Prime Minister and Cabinet members,
We are applying to you for the restitution of our rights to water. Our community, which used to be famous for its water reserves and from where water intake was carried out for Armenian Nuclear Power Plant, is currently experiencing problems with irrigation and drinking water. The ruthless use of artesian groundwater in Ararat Valley over recent 10-15 years has caused lack of water in our community, the level of deep wells has decreased or completely got dry. As a result, we have been deprived of our right to have drinking and irrigation water of relevant quality and volume necessary for our life and safety. Many of us have left their land areas without any cultivation. We are convinced that in case of the reconstruction of the irrigation system the effectiveness of agriculture will increase by 25%. Since 2005, there is a drinking water problem available in our community.
In the community development program for 2017-2021, we have planned construction of drinking aqueducts with the projected value of 10 million AMD.
We are applying to the Armenian Government for the state support to provide Taronik community with quality drinking water, to support the repair of the internal water network laid down in the community development program, as well as the reconstruction of the irrigation system. At the same time, we are asking you to assign Health and Employment Inspection Body to examine the drinking water quality supplied to the community and to inform the community residents about its findings.”
This publication has been prepared within the frames of “Protect Your Right to Water” project with the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), whereas the opinions expressed or the content of the publications don’t necessarily represent the official views and opinions of USAID.
15:28 July 31, 2019