Azerbaijan holds meeting on drinking water supply to Shusha (PHOTO) (UPDATE)

Economy Materials 21 April 2022 11:45 (UTC +04:00)

Details added: first version posted on 11:09

BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 21. Azerbaijan’s working group on the preparation of a feasibility study and preliminary design documentation for the creation of a drinking water supply system for Azerbaijan’s Shusha city and nearby Dashalti village [liberated from Armenian occupation in the 2020 second Karabakh war] held a regular meeting in Shusha, the Interdepartmental Center under the Coordination Headquarters told Trend.

The meeting was attended by employees of Azersu OJSC and other state organizations included in the working group, and information was provided on urgent work and promising projects carried out to restore drinking water supply to the cultural capital of Azerbaijan - Shusha, as well as presentations on the impact of climate changes to water resources.

The meeting participants said that after the liberation of Shusha, the Kichik Kirs and Zarisli sources, providing the city with water, were rapidly rehabilitated, and repair and restoration work was carried out on the main pipelines and reservoirs.

Besides, the participants noted that the ongoing construction and improvement works, and new residential and non-residential facilities in the city will significantly increase the demand for drinking water.

According to them, the performance of existing sources won’t be able to fully meet this demand in the summer season. Given this, it’s planned to use the water resources of the Zarisli river as an alternative source. To ensure a sustainable drinking water supply, taking into account the prospective development of Shusha, work continues on the design of a new reservoir in the riverbed.

The participants were also informed about the planned building of a pumping station and a pressure water pipeline 2.6 kilometers long to transport water from the reservoir, which will be created in the bed of the Zarisli river.

Furthermore, they discussed perspective projects on the reconstruction of drinking water supply and sanitation systems in Shusha, the use of innovative technologies in this sphere and environmental impact assessment.

Members of the working group inspected the construction site of the new reservoir and viewed the relief of the territory.

The Interdepartmental Center under the Coordination Headquarters was established in accordance with the decree of the President of Azerbaijan dated November 24, 2020 for centralized resolution of issues in the Azerbaijani liberated territories.