The permanent closure of the well in Sipanik has been accomplished with a water discharge of about 60 liters per second, about 1.9 million cubic meters of water will now be saved each year thanks to the well’s proper closure. The closure works have been carried out in the frames of the USAID ASPIRED (Advanced Science and Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development) project as part of the technical assistance to the Armenian government to address groundwater challenges in the Ararat Valley.
On 3 November 2017 USAID and local partners marked the successful completion of a project that supported the permanent sealing of a self-flowing well near Sipanik village, Ararat Region. USAID Armenia Mission Director, Deborah Grieser said, “The water from this self-emitting well flooded the village neighborhood, causing water-logging of the fields. Certain efforts will be required to make these land areas cultivable, but the closure of this well already enables improving the state of the crops. It’s one of the best solutions to this problem.”
“We have never used this well, as its closure is not harmful for us, as we take both our irrigation and drinking water from other places. Before the closure, the well water flooded the surroundings and we had difficulties to remove it. Now we can use this area as pasture,” Spianik community residents told EcoLur.
Sipanik well is one of 135 non-operational groundwater wells across the Ararat Valley revealed as a result of an inventory of groundwater wells, natural springs and fish farms. The total annual discharge from these unused wells is estimated to be around 35 million cubic meters of water.
17:15 November 07, 2017