Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Sept. 25 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmenistan is taking the measures to implement the 'General programme of providing Turkmen settlements with clean drinking water', an official Turkmen source said on Monday.
According to the preliminary data, the national average groundwater reserves hit 3.5 million cubic meters per day.
The Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resources has 2299 wells to use as available water resources, of which 1075 are designed to provide the population with clean drinking water, 763 for irrigation and 461 to divert drainage water.
There are four drinking water plants with a capacity of 100,000 cubic meters, the plant in Gami with a capacity of 150,000 cubic meters, a plant in Rukhabat with a capacity of 200,000 cubic meters and a new power plant Gundogar with a capacity of 250,000 cubic meters per day to provide Ashgabat residents with drinking water.
President Berdimuhamedov said at a government meeting that an uninterrupted water supply for the population rates amongst the main priorities of the state policy as a key factor in further improving the quality and standard of living of people.
In this case, the most important aspect of this programme is the rational use of water due to the widespread introduction of advanced technologies. This is closely connected with environmental protection.
At present local scholars and specialists are working on the desalination of salt water and their use in the economy.
Key priorities of the state policy have been reflected in implementing a number of large scale projects, including the construction of modern hydro-technical facilities, for example, Turkmen Lake Altyn Asyr in the Karakum Desert.
Turkmenistan is constructing new reservoirs filled by the waters of the Amu Darya, the Murghab, Tedzhen and the Etrek.