LUKASHIN, ARMAVIR – On July 24th, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), VivaCell-MTS, and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) joined the residents of Lukashin village at a community event dedicated to the water supply improvement project which was recently completed in the village.
Before the project was completed, the village of Lukashin experienced a constant shortage of drinking water, and some parts of the village completely lacked access to water. As the old water network gradually degraded, there were numerous leaks in the system, causing a high risk of contamination from pollutants.
The water improvement project resolved the drinking water issues with the installation of a new, more durable, leak-proof piping system. Old pumps were abandoned, and drinking water is now provided by the Armavir water reservoir through a gravity flow system. Due to these improvements, residents now have a steady 24 hour a day water supply schedule instead of the former 2 hours per day. It is estimated that the village will now save about 421,119 cubic meters of water and 102,240 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.
USAID, VivaCell-MTS and FPWC partnered in 2014 to implement water supply projects in four villages in Armenia – Arazap and Lukashin in Armavir, and Artsvaberd and Berkaber in Tavush – to help the communities obtain access to potable water and improve general wellbeing. Nearly 7,000 people will benefit from this assistance. VivaCell-MTS and USAID have allocated AMD 70 million and AMD 60 million, respectively, for the implementation of the four projects.