Lake Sevan Level Started Decreasing

Lake Sevan Level Started Decreasing

The level of Lake Sevan has started falling. This year, the lake level rose from 1900.43 m to 1900.84 meters due to precipitation, surface and groundwater inflows, as well as the inflow of water through the Arpa-Sevan tunnel (146,968 million cubic meters of water has flowed into the lake through the Arpa-Sevan tunnel since the beginning of the year). This level was maintained from June 22 to July 1. Then, from July 2, the level of the lake began decreasing. As of July 6, the level of the lake is 1900.82 m and is only 1 cm higher than the indicator of the same day last year.

The decrease in the lake level is due to evaporation, reduction of river flow during the summer season, and water intake from the lake. In 2020, the Armenian government set the amount of water intake from the lake for irrigation of the Ararat Valley at 170 million cubic meters, which is the maximum amount laid down in RA legislation. 47.807 million cubic meters of water have been released from Lake Sevan since June 7. It should be reminded that this year the Armenian government has announced a water shortage in the territory of Sevan water basin management.

July 06, 2020 at 18:03