June 19, 2010 Saturday

Armenia : Armenias drinking water supply system needs investments

Armenia s system of drinking water supply is in need of investments,
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said Wednesday at a seminar on
water supply in Armenia.

It should be said that nothing has been invested in the drinking water
supply system since 1960s and 1970s, he said. And now the system needs
$1.7 billion. We started paying attention to this area only in recent
years and made some investments. The investment should be continued
for modernizing infrastructures in Armenia.
The premier said that certain progress was already seen in Yerevan the
city residents enjoy water supply 22 hours a day.
He thinks Yerevan owes this progress to foreign operators, with which
contracts have been sealed and whose experience has already started
producing results.
It is necessary to specify some principal objectives we have
identified, Sargsyan said. We asked the World Bank to give us
consultations on strategy of drinking water supply organization.
Armenian govenrment asked the World Bank to work out a water policy
with analysis of things in this area.

From: A. Papazian