ArmInfo. The winner of the tender for construction of water reservoir in Vedi will be announced in the upcoming days, Chairman of State Department on Water Systems under Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Arsen Harutyunyan told journalists today.
According to him construction work will be launched in spring 2017 and will last for 4 years. "The reservoir storage capacity will total 29 mln cu. m, which will be later increased in order to supply water to more agricultural areas that need irrigation", he stressed.
The new reservoir will be constructed for regulating annual flows of Vedi and Khosrov rivers for their further use for irrigating adjacent lands in Ararat valley. The French Development Agency has provided the main part of funds for construction amounting to 75 mln EUR, the government will allocate 0.5 mln EUR.
At the same time at the beginning of 2017 a tender will be announced for construction of Kaps water reservoir, which will last for 5 years. Harutyunyan informed that construction will be conducted in two phases. At the end of the first phase capacity of Kaps reservoir will total 25 mln cu.m, on the second phase it will be increased to 60 mln cu.m. Due to Kaps reservoir the irrigated territories will reach 5 thousand ha.
To note, the government also plans to build Yeghvard water reservoir, as well as Selav-Mastara reservoirs.
At the same time Harutyunyan informed that in 2017 within the program with WB Armenia will be included in the list of the countries, where systems will be implied to follow content of water in rivers, reservoirs and water pipelines. At the same time within a joint program with WB on increasing efficiency of irrigation systems it is planned to introduce systems of automatic water supply in Geghardalanch, Kaghtsrashen, Baghramyan-Noyakert and Meghri.
However, Harutyunyan thinks that number one task is to ensure 100% of water record, in order to keep in balance amount of supplied water.