The ASPIRED Project Resumed Implementation of the Drinking Water Supply Improvement Project in Yeghegnut Community

After 8-month suspension, the ASPIRED Project re-started implementation of the drinking water supply improvement project in Yeghegnut community, Armavir region. The ASPIRED Project helped to build the village’s new pumping station in March 2019.

The Project will install about 15 km drinking water pipeline, 490 water meters for users and provide the village with the new billing and collection software for the water service. Proposed solutions will ensure round-the-clock drinking water supply (instead of 3 hours) in the community with the population of more than 2000 people. The network improvements and reduction of water losses will generate water savings of about 308,000 cubic meters per year.

Invitation for Bids (IFB): Supply of Materials and Construction Work under Irrigation Optimization Project in Pokr Vedi Village

IFB # 051119-01

ASPIRED is soliciting Bids for the supply of PE pipes and fittings and provision of PE pipe welding and pipeline mounting work under Irrigation Optimization Project in Pokr Vedi Village of Ararat Region.

Full IFB document can be downloaded here:

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Each bidder must submit one hard copy of the bid to USAID ASPIRED Project office at CITADEL Business Center, 105/1, Teryan Street, Suite 204, Yerevan.

Best Practice in Water Management Presented in The Coca-Cola Stakeholder Forum

The ASPIRED Project participated in The Coca-Cola Stakeholder Forum held in Athens, Greece on October 16-17, 2019. The USAID’s Water, Energy and Environmental Advisor Marina Vardanyan presented activities for improved water management and protection of the groundwater resources in Armenia’s Ararat Valley, implemented in partnership with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.

On July 16, 2016, the USAID Armenia, Coca-Cola HBC and the Ministry of Nature Protection (now Ministry of Environment) signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at improving use and conservation of water resources in Armenia. Under this partnership, Coca-Cola Hellenic contributed to some of the ASPIRED Project’s initiatives, namely implementation of the irrigation improvement project in the community of Hayanist and the installation of the automated online system for the groundwater use monitoring in the fisheries of the Ararat Valley.

Thirty-five stakeholders from 30 countries participated in the Stakeholder Forum in Athens as part of the water stewardship efforts pursued by Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company worldwide. The topic of the current discussion was focused on three dimensions of water stewardship – climate change and water management, partnerships to address water scarcity and public education on more efficient use of water. The Coca-Cola HBC supports a wide array of activities in these focus areas through a global network of stakeholders involved in the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program. 

Achieving Efficient Water Supply In Aratashen: Positive Impact on the Community

Kids at the kindergarten are getting ready for lunch

Water is the life’s most basic necessity. In the Armenian Ararat Valley nearly 30 communities face the shortage of drinking and irrigation water. Thanks to the USAID support, 3200 residents of the community of Aratashen have access to clean drinking water all day round.

The USAID’s ASPIRED (Advanced Science and Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development) Project implemented large-scale infrastructure improvements in this community: installation of the new pumping station, replacement of 10 km corroded piping and introduction of the consumption-based metering system. Water is pumped from the artesian well and delivered to the resident after the treatment. It’s safe for drinking and domestic use.

At the local kindergarten.

To the question whether they are pleased with the project results, Nvard Khachatryan, the Director of the village kindergarten, says: “It is such a big relief for us to have water all day round. You only imagine how much water the kindergarten uses for cooking, washing and cleaning on a daily basis. In the past, we used to store water in the big buckets to be able to cover our needs.”

Aratashen village has been successfully operating the new water supply system since June 2019. The results for July-September 2019 revealed the village spent almost three times less electricity and money on pumping as compared to the same period of 2018 – 727,779 and 2.2 mln drams, respectively. The village mayor admitted they had to operate three pumps in the past, still being unable to ensure round-the-clock water supply in their village. The figures indicate there was twice as much water supplied through the network than now due to tremendous losses and inefficiency of the system.

Lena Yegoryan, doing her kitchen work after big family event.

“You can’t even compare it with the past,” Lena Yegoryan, a housewife from Aratashen, remarks. “Before, we had water just for a couple of hours every other day. Of course, we are ready pay now since water is always available.”

The village significantly improved payment rate of water bills by the residents, including collection of old debts in the amount of 1.5 mln Armenian drams. From July to September 2019, the village has earned almost 3 mln. drams for their local budget. As a result, the village could install additional 1800 meters of pipes to deliver water to the remaining three streets with 47 houses.

Reliable and safe drinking water supply was achieved in Aratashen due to the concerted effort of USAID’s ASPIRED and PURE Water (Participatory Utilization and Resource Efficiency of Water) Projects, and the commitment of the community leadership to fulfill their part of the project. Rural projects are sustainable given the local communities have the sense of ownership for maintaining the installed infrastructure properly and ensuring the continuity of the project.

ASPIRED Experience Replicable in Other Armenian Communities

On October 2, the ASPIRED team discussed water infrastructure projects with the Chairman of the Water Committee of Armenia Vardan Melkonyan. ASPIRED team presented the drinking and irrigation water supply projects implemented in the communities of Ararat and Armavir regions, including activities on optimization of unused groundwater wells.

Discussion focused on the experience of the ASPIRED team on ensuring the sustainability of installed drinking water systems, the billing and collection mechanisms applied in the villages for providing water services as well as post-implementation performance monitoring of projects. Mr. Melkonyan mentioned that the experience of the ASPIRED Project could be used for replication in other water-stressed communities of Armenia, which are out of the water utility company service area.

Well Optimization Project in Hovtashat Village

ASPIRED completed construction activities the project on the artesian well optimization in the village of Hovtashat. The output of the self-emitting groundwater well is 82 liters/second which was simply damped into the drainage network.

There is a valve chamber and a booster pump installed on the well to prevent wastage of water and use for irrigation of the nearby farmlands whenever necessary. The project will enable farmers to resume cultivation of 50 hectares of the arable land. Nearly 1.4 mln. cubic meters of water will be saved annually due to more efficient use of water.


Request for Proposal for Preparation of Engineering Design under Irrigation System Optimization Project in Pokr Vedi Village

RFP # 260619

ASPIRED is soliciting proposals for preparation of engineering design, bill of quantities, and cost estimate under the Irrigation System Optimization Project in Pokr Vedi Village of Ararat Marz.

Full RFP document via the link:

Proposals must be received no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on July 10, 2019. Offerors must submit one hard copy in Armenian of their Technical and Cost Proposals to the ASPIRED Project office at CITADEL Business Center, 105/1, Teryan Street, Suite 204, Yerevan.

ARATASHEN IMPROVES WATER SUPPLY THROUGH USAID SUPPORT

On June 24, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the successful completion of water supply improvements in Aratashen community in Armavir.  Thanks to this assistance, Aratashen’s 3,200 residents will now receive clean water 24 hours a day instead of the former four.

USAID Mission Director Deborah Grieser and Governor of Armavir Hambardzum Matevosyan participated in the public event, helping launch the community’s new pumping station.  Guests then walked through the village and visited households to see the newly installed water system in action.

For decades, Aratashen’s old and inefficient water system caused excessive water loss and posed high contamination risks for the locals.  With no capital investment in the system since the Soviet era, nearly 80% of the water leaked out through corroded pipes.  Lack of water metering system, in its turn, resulted in unreasonably high waste of water.  Mayor Vahram Harutyunyan admits they would operate three pumps, yet round-the-clock water supply remained unattainable for the village.  Some parts of Aratashen, particularly its remote areas, didn’t get any water during the summer season when the water demand was especially high.

In response, USAID’s Advanced Science and Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) and Participatory Utilization and Resource Efficiency of Water (PURE Water) projects, together with the community of Aratashen, joined their efforts to rehabilitate Aratashen’s water supply network.  Assistance included installation of 10 km of corrosion-resistant polyethylene piping, new pump, chlorination station, and water metering devices, as well as introduction of new billing software for water supply services.  These vital improvements will now allow the community to save 557,000 cubic meters of water and 204 megawatt-hour of energy each year.

Aratashen’s water supply challenges are common for more than 30 communities in the Ararat Valley, currently experiencing critical shortages of drinking and irrigation water due to the depleting groundwater resources in the valley.  This affects the quality of life and the economic well-being of more than 80,000 people.  The ASPIRED and PURE Water projects, funded by USAID, are jointly rehabilitating water infrastructure in Aratashen and four other affected communities in Ararat and Armavir regions.  The projects employ modern water and energy saving technologies to deliver drinking and irrigation water to these communities.

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Invitation for Bids For Supply of Materials and Implementation of Construction Work Under Urban Irrigation Project in Vedi Town

IFB Number: 210619-01

USAID’s Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPRIED) Project is soliciting Bids for the supply of PE pipes and fittings; provision of PE pipe welding and pipeline mounting work; and the construction of a valve chamber and a pumping station under Urban Irrigation Project in Vedi town of Ararat Region.

Technical specifications and submission instructions and bidding procedure in the full IFB document below:

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on July 8, 2019. Each bidder must submit one hard copy of the bid to USAID ASPIRED Project office at CITADEL Business Center, 105/1, Teryan Street, Suite 204, Yerevan.

ASPIRED and Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Signed the Cooperation Agreement

Left to right: Executive Director of Hayastan All-Armenian Foundation Haykak Arshamyan, ASPIRED Project Chief of Party Magda Avetisyan and President of Armenia Foundation Maria Mehranian shaking hands of signing the agreement.

On June 18, 2019, the Cooperation Agreement has been signed between the ASPIRED Project, Hayastan All-Armenian Fund and Armenia Foundation for the joint implementation of the irrigation project in Pokr Vedi community in Ararat marz.

The Project will improve irrigation efficiency for 120 hectares of land and return to cultivation additional 40 hectares of arid community farmlands which have been left idle for years due to the lack of water. The project will enable income generation opportunities for 400 land-owners who will benefit from the project.