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.

Invitation for Bids (IFB): Irrigation Optimization Project in Hovtashat Village

IFB Name: Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project; Supply of Materials and Implementation of Construction Work under Irrigation Optimization Project in Hovtashat Village of Ararat Region.

IFB Number: IFB # 240519-01

ASPIRED is soliciting Bids for the supply of PE pipes and fittings and provision of PE pipe welding and pipeline mounting work as well as construction of a valve chamber and a pumping station under Irrigation Optimization Project in Hovtashat Village of Ararat Region.

Download the full IFB document for submission details

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on June 11, 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.

GIS Training for the WRMA Specialists

On Friday, April 19, ASPIRED completed a full-week training course on GIS mapping for the staff of the Water Resources Management Agency (WRMA) of the Ministry of Nature Protection. Designed by the request of the WRMA as a follow-up on the GIS courses conducted by the ASPIRED in the past, this training improved the participants’ skills in the practical use of the GIS, namely working with various types of data and design of thematic maps, statistical data generation, data exporting, etc.

PRESERVING GROUNDWATER RESOURCES IN THE ARARAT VALLEY, ON WORLD WATER DAY AND BEYOND

Celebrated globally on March 22, the World Water Day highlights the importance of water for humanity and promotes sustainable water resource management around the world.  This year’s theme for the World Water Day is “Leaving No One Behind” to encourage united efforts that will ensure water availability for all.

Access to water and sustainable management of water resources still remain challenges for Armenia. There is an increasing pressure on the water systems throughout the country for drinking, agriculture, energy generation, and industrial production.  One of the country’s priority issues is the critical depletion of groundwater reserves in the Ararat Valley, the country’s key agricultural hub.  Based on USAID’s assessment in 2014, the uncontrolled use of artesian water has shrunk the groundwater basin by almost 10 meters on average.  Groundwater shortages have serious implications on the country’s agricultural sector, the socio-economic well-being of the region, as well as the safety and security of the Metsamor nuclear power plant which uses the artesian water for its cooling system.  More than 30 communities of Ararat and Armavir provinces currently face problems with drinking or irrigation water supply. 

RA Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan answering the questions of the local media
USAID Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser is being interviewed by local media

The USAID Advanced Science and Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) project, managed by the ME&A Inc., assists the Government of Armenia in developing policy and technical solutions for more sustainable abstraction and use of the groundwater resources of the Ararat Valley.  The five-year ASPIRED marked this World Water Day through a public event, presenting the project’s mid-term accomplishments in 2015-2018.  USAID Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser, Armenia’s Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan, representatives of the Armenian government and water sector stakeholders were in attendance.

During the event, ASPIRED presented the advanced tools it has developed for more informed decision-making on groundwater management in the Ararat Valley: a 3-dimensional model of the groundwater basin and the computer-based Decision Support System (DSS).  The 3D model of the Ararat Basin demonstrates the hydrogeologic structure and the water bearing potential of the basin.  The DSS allows to assess water availability in natural conditions and analyze both human and climate change impacts on the water resources.

In addition, ASPIRED has completed four water saving projects.  The project has introduced the concept of secondary use of fish-farm water for irrigation needs in Hayanist and Sayat-Nova communities, returning 100 hectares of abandoned community farmlands back to cultivation and creating income-generating opportunities for 183 households.  ASPIRED has also sealed a damaged artesian well in Sipanik community.  With an outflow of 60 liters per second, the well water had been leaking into and flooding the neighborhood for years.   

Apart from showcasing modern approaches to water and energy saving and conservation, the USAID ASPIRED project emphasizes the human and environmental impact of its activities which will improve the lives of 23,000 people and help preserve 9.2 million cubic meters of precious groundwater in the Ararat Valley.

Going forward, together with its local partners, ASPIRED is implementing infrastructure projects in four communities of Armavir and Ararat marzes. An innovative aquaculture technology center in Armavir is also underway through joint efforts with a private fishery.