July 18, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gayane Sargsyan
The Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development
9 Alex Manoogian Str., Yerevan 0070, Armenia
Tel.: (00 374 60) 612075
USAID FUNDED “PURE WATER” PROJECT HOLDS PUBLIC LAUNCH EVENT, SIGNS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS WITH 12 LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Yerevan, Armenia – On July 18, 2017,the USAID-funded Participatory Utilization and Resource Efficiency of Water (PUREWater) project launched its activities in the country by signing Memoranda of Understanding with 12communitiesof the Ararat Valley. In attendance at the public launch event were U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., USAID Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser, Armenia’s Minister of Nature Protection Artsvik Minasyan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan, Government of Armenia officials, representatives of the partner communities, local and international organizations.
Severe depletion of groundwater reserves in the Ararat Valley is high on the Government of Armenia’s agenda. The groundwater outflow exceeds the inflow due to many issues, including the exponential growth of fish farming, the continued use of inefficient and outdated fish farming techniques, corruption permitting illegal wells, weak enforcement of water saving policies, and low levels of environmental awareness among the Ararat Valley’s citizens.