Monday, July 30th, 2012

Construction on the water distribution network

Turpanjian Family Brings Water to Hadrut, Artskah

In January, Armenia Fund launched construction on a 33-kilometer
internal water distribution network for the city of Hadrut-the
administrative capital for Artsakh's Hadrut Region. It's been six
months since we began the project, and we're excited to report that
it's nearly halfway complete.

The project is funded with the support of Artsakh's government and
through a major contribution from Mr. and Mrs. Gerald and Patricia
Turpanjian of Los Angeles. The Turpanjians were also the sponsors of
Stepanakert School #11, which we completed in 2010.

Today, construction crews are busily working to ensure we meet our
Spring 2013 completion date. In addition to the distribution network,
we're also building water distribution and regulation wells, a pump
station and two reservoirs. When the project is complete, the more
than 3,200 residents of the city will have round-the-clock access to
clean drinking water.

Edik Davtyan, the deputy head of the regional administration explains
the situation on the ground, highlighting the urgent need for this
project saying, "Currently, the city uses a water network that was
built durring the 1970s. The corroded pipes often give out, resulting
in several days of service interruption."

Corroded piping is a very serious health risk that could not only
contaminate the city's water supply but cause many people to become
seriously ill, very fast, if we don't do something about it now.

Located on the southern border of Artsakh, the region of Hadrut is
among the republic's driest and hottest areas. Although the residents
of Hadrut City still grapple with a host of other infrastructure
and economic issues, we believe that a fundamental solution such as
the provision of regular access to potable water will significantly
improve their lives.

We began large-scale efforts to modernize Hadrut's water infrastructure
in 2008 after finishing construction on a 22-kilometer water pipeline
connecting Arjaghbyur to Hadrut.

Other major projects implemented we've implemented in the Hadrut Region
include the construction, in 2009, of the 20-kilometer Togh-Hadrut
gas pipeline, which supplies natural gas to about 5,200 residents
of Hadrut City and seven nearby villages; and the reconstruction,
in 2008, of the Hadrut Regional Hospital, which serves the entire
population of the region, totaling over 12,000 residents.