New Training Program on Assessing Self-Purification Capacity of Rivers

The training on the Method of Assessment of Self-Purification Capacity of Rivers is underway, organized by the ASPIRED Project for the staff of the Ministry of Environment and academic sector representatives who will be using the Method in their work. 

During the 8-day course, the training participants will be introduced to the main – hydro-biological, hydro-chemical, and hydro-morphological components comprising the Method and the analysis conducted by the working group during the elaboration of the Method. The training focuses on the impact and the role of the hydro-biological, hydro-chemical and hydro-morphological parameters in the self-purification potential of the river. During the practical part, the participants will make assessments and test each component on the examples of Qasakh and Akhuryan rivers. It is anticipated that by the end of the course trainees will be able to master the Excel tool for the automatic assessment of the hydro-morphological, hydro-biological, and hydro-chemical data determining the rivers’ self-purification capacity and generate a single index from separate hydro-morphological, chemical and biological indexes.  

The Method of Assessment of Self-Purification Capacity of Rivers was elaborated by the ASPIRED Project by the request of the Ministry of Environment and is included into the five-year Action Plan of the Government with a specific deadline for its implementation.  

The method considers the water eco-system as a uniform body, the performance of which is affected by a complexity of factors. “Our methodology allows us assessing the impact of various contamination sources on rivers and the natural ability of rivers to neutralize this pollution. This methodology is universal as it gives an opportunity to assess not only the impact of settlements but also the influence of mining, or various industrial, agricultural pollution sources and how the eco-system overcomes this in a natural way,” – Liana Margaryan, ASPIRED Project Water Quality Expert.  

Invitation for Bids։ Supply of Materials and Implementation of Construction Work

Invitation for Bids (IFB)  

For Supply of Materials and Implementation of Construction Work  

Under Optimization of Irrigation System in Griboyedov Village 

USAID/Armenia Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project is soliciting bids for construction of aqueducts and sluice chambers under the project on Optimization of Irrigation System in Griboyedov  Village. 

Bidders are invited to submit their bids in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders provided below.  

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on April 26, 2021. Each bidder must submit an electronic copy of the bid to aspired@engl.com

Two Projects in Griboyedov Community

ASPIRED will implement two projects in the community of Griboyedov in Armavir region of Armenia: optimization of irrigation system and permanent sealing of an unused artesian well.

Agriculture is the main occupation for the local residents. Farmers grow fruits, vegetables, cereals and other crops; have orchards and vineyards. The current project will improve the irrigation efficiency on the community farmlands by reducing water losses and return to cultivation 7 hectares of land.

ASPIRED will also seal one of the unused wells owned by the community. This self-emitting well has the outflow of 15 liters per second, water running into the nearby drainage network. About 475,000 cubic meters of groundwater will be saved per year due to the two projects implemented in the community by the ASPIRED Project. About 12 households will benefit from the project by gaining access to irrigation water and an opportunity to cultivate their land.

Invitation for Bids: Supply and Installation of a Photovoltaic Kit

IFB # 020421-01 

USAID/Armenia Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project is soliciting Bids for the supply and installation of a PV kit under Renewable Energy for Fish-Farming project.  Full IFB document can be downloaded via the link below:

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on April 16,2021. Each bidder must submit an electronic copy of the bid to aspired@engl.com

Invitation for Bids: Restoration and Refurbishment of Monitoring Wells

Invitation for Bids (IFB)

Restoration and Refurbishment of Monitoring Wells # 192 and # 2063 of the National Groundwater Monitoring Network in the Ararat Valley

IFB Number: 300321-01

USAID/Armenia Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project is soliciting Bids for the restoration and refurbishment of monitoring well #192 of the National Groundwater Monitoring Network, located in Vardanashen community of Armavir Marz and monitoring well #2063 of the National Groundwater Monitoring Network, located in Dalar community of Ararat Marz, under the project concept Restoration and Refurbishment of Monitoring Wells #192 and # 2063 of the National Groundwater Monitoring Network in the Ararat Valley.

Bidders are invited to submit their Bids in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders provided below.

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on April 13, 2021. Each bidder must submit an electronic copy of the bid to aspired@engl.com.

ASPIRED Refurbishes Two Groundwater Monitoring Wells in the Ararat Valley

ASPIRED Project will refurbish two groundwater monitoring wells of the National Groundwater Monitoring Network of Armenia located in Vardanashen and Dalar communities. The renovation of the wells is necessary for improving the quality of the groundwater measurements in the Ararat Valley conducted by the Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center (HMC) of the Armenian Ministry of Environment.

The HMC has 109 groundwater points established in six basin management areas, of which 48 points are located in the Ararat Valley. Water measurements on observation points provide information on the state of the groundwater aquifer as well as water parameters and quality. With the use of special equipment, part of which was donated by the ASPIRED Project earlier, HMC specialists can obtain information on the groundwater level in a particular well and monitor water against 40 parameters, including the water temperature, mineralization, hardness, electric conductivity, etc.

The wells in Dalar and Vardanashen communities are both in poor condition and require complete refurbishment, including cleaning of wells, restoration of damaged well structures wherever necessary, replacement of valves and area fencing. In Dalar, the water spillover deluged the area turning it into a swamp and hampering the measurements. ASPIRED will also envisage a sanitary protection zone and protective steel cabins to prevent external access to the well area and possible contamination of aquifers. The photos show the current condition of the wells in Dalar and Vardanashen.

In 2019, the ASPIRED Project refurbished seven observation wells in the feeding zone of the Ararat Valley for inclusion into the National Reference Groundwater Monitoring Network.

         

  

 

Invitation for Bids under Improving the Efficiency of Water Supply in Sardarapat Village Project

Invitation for Bids (IFB)

For Supply of Materials and Implementation of Construction Work

Under Improving the Efficiency of Water-supply in Sardarapat Village 

IFB Number: 250321-01

USAID/Armenia Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPRIED) Project is soliciting Bids for the supply of PE pipes and fittings and provision of pipework, as well as the construction of a valve chamber and an intake chamber under the project concept Improving the Efficiency of Water-supply in Sardarapat Village. Download full IFB document here:

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on 8 April 2021. 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.

Valuing Water: World Water Day

🌎 World Water Day is celebrated globally on March 22. The theme for #WorldWaterDay 2021 is “#ValuingWater”, to emphasize the importance of water for human life, health, wellbeing, economy, and environment. In cooperation with the Armenian Ministry of Environment, ASPIRED Project works towards improvement of the water sector legislation in our country. By the request of the Ministry of Environment, our project has developed the draft legal act “On Establishing Requirements for Protection of Water Resources in Recreation Zones of Armenia”, and is currently working on the development of the Method for Assessment of Self-Purification Capacity of Rivers and its enforcement mechanisms. The video highlights the activities behind elaboration of these two regulations and the objectives they will serve. Click on the link to watch the video.

☀️ SOLAR ENERGY FOR FISH-FARMING

ASPIRED started a new renewable energy project in collaboration with a private fishery near Hovtashat village.  ASPIRED Project will help the fishery to install a 30 KW PV kit to minimize the energy consumption.

Having purchased this fishery in 2019, the owner, Artyom Torosyan, have made critical improvements to apply water saving technologies for more efficient use of water. In consultation with the ASPIRED engineering team, Artyom Torosyan introduced water recirculation system, replicating the technologies piloted by the ASPIRED Project at the Aquaculture Technologies Transfer Center. Artyom Torosyan’s fishery uses air lift pumps for enriching water with oxygen and passive settlers for sludge removal.

However, recirculation technologies consume more energy, and this increases production costs. Use of the solar energy is an environmentally friendly alternative to compensate for extra energy costs of aerators and recirculation pumps.

The farm produces about 90 tons of fish annually, using only 40 liters of water per second. The production rate is 2.25 tons of fish for the water flow of 1 liter/second which is 2.8 times more fish than the accepted standard of 800 kg.  The energy saving is estimated to 46 MWh annually while the total energy consumption of the fishery is about 350 MWh in a year.

💧 SUPPORTING GROUNDWATER MONITORING IN ARMENIA

USAID, through the ASPIRED Project, has been instrumental in strengthening the groundwater resource management capacities in Armenia. As part of its assistance to the Ministry of Environment, ASPIRED Project supports restoration and extension of the national reference groundwater monitoring network in the Ararat Valley. Starting from 2016 until now, ASPIRED has been delivering a full-stack technical assistance to the Ministry of Environment, including training, capacity building, equipment donation and refurbishment of some groundwater observation wells.
Water measurements on observation wells provide information on the state of the groundwater aquifer. This data is also critical for planning and efficient management of groundwater resources. To enhance the data-driven decision making at the Ministry of Environment, during 2019-2020, ASPIRED donated the state-of-art equipment to the Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center (HMC) – the Ministry’s subdivision responsible for groundwater monitoring. The HMC received an ultrasonic flowmeter, groundwater level meters, a well camera, portable devices for measuring water temperature, amount of dissolved oxygen and electric conductivity.
In 2019, the ASPIRED Project refurbished seven observation wells in the feeding zone of the Ararat Valley for inclusion into the National Reference Groundwater Monitoring Network. The HMC will start measurements on these wells since May 2021. At the present, the HMC reportedly conducts routine groundwater monitoring on 238 wells using equipment provided by the ASPIRED Project.


By the request of the Ministry of Environment, ASPIRED will restore two more groundwater monitoring wells in Dalar and Vardanashen communities in Ararat and Armavir regions. In January-February 2021, the hydrologists of the ASPIRED Project and HMC inspected the condition of the wells and the nearby area. Using the well camera ️📹, the team was able to assess the well structure and littering level. Refurbishments will include cleaning of wells, restoration of damaged well structures, replacement of valves and area fencing 🛠.


📌The video of the well camera in use is here.

Groundwater monitoring assumes technical skills in the use of equipment and assessment process, as well as knowledge of the groundwater system among the specialists involved in routine monitoring tasks. Facilitated by ASPIRED Project, the US Geological Survey conducted training of the Ministry staff on well inventory, data collection and water quality sampling protocols in 2016, and delivered a webinar on groundwater modeling and hydrogeologic framework in 2017.
Groundwater resources of the Ararat Valley are of strategic importance for the country. With the increasing concern over the shrinking groundwater level, there should be an effective resource management policy on place to meet current and future water needs and prevent their further reduction, and negative impact on the environment.