The water supply network of Arazap village was constructed in the remote 1960s. Over the years of exploitation the cast iron pipes have grown out of use, and the outdated infrastructures have been causing various problems. The low water pressure has limited the villagers’ access to drinking water. Partial renovation of water pipelines no longer gives results, and is not justified from the financial perspective. And relying on the community budget for the reconstruction of the network is not realistic.
VivaCell-MTS, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) have started a program aimed at improving the water supply network of Arazap village. A 15 km long new, virtually leak-proof polyethylene pipeline, which is part of the 18, 2 km long internal water supply network, has already been installed. 90 % of the earthworks and connection works of water pipelines is completed.
In the near future a fence will be constructed around the sanitary protection zone of the pump station; a water metric system will be installed that will facilitate the economy of water. Some other works will be finished as well. It is expected that after the installation of the new pump and water metric system, the water supply network of the community will be improved and water will be equally distributed to all villagers’ houses for 24 hours. The cooperation between the organizations, which undertook the financial support of the program, and the community will make it possible to report economy of water and energy.
To remind, as a result of the project implemented in the frame of the trilateral agreement the drinking water problem will be solved in Lukashin, Arazap villages of Armavir region and Berkaber, Artsvaberd villages of Tavush region next spring. The cooperating sides have joined efforts and follow the process of the implemented works.
Over 6800 inhabitants of the four targeted villages will benefit from the project. VivaCell-MTS has allocated AMD 70 million and USAID – 60 million for the implementation of the project.