The water supply network of Arazap village was constructed in the 1960s. Over the years, the cast iron pipes have grown out of use, and the outdated infrastructures have been causing numerous problems.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 reasonable from a financial perspective. The community’s budget is too low for the reconstruction of the network.
To tackle the urgent water challenges in Arazap, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), VivaCell-MTS, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have started a program to improve the water supply network of the 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. Ninety percent 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 to facilitate the water economy. After the installation of the system, the community’s water supply network will be significantly improved as water will be equally distributed to all villagers’ houses for 24 hours.
As a result of the project implemented in the frame of the trilateral agreement, drinking water problem will be solved in Lukashin, Arazap villages of Armavir region and Berkaber, Artsvaberd villages of Tavush region next spring. Over 6800 inhabitants of the four targeted villages will benefit from the project.