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The fact of irrigation the fields with sewage waters caused panic in Syunik community

On May 11, 2015 at the invitation of Syunik community leader of Syunik province of the RA, the coordinator of Kapan Aarhus Center and employees of “SOSI” TV jointly paid visit to Syunik community.
Some of the residents, whose lands are irrigated with clean water, were worried because the information about the lands flooding with sewage waters might affect their only means of livelihood: income acquired from selling agricultural products. Many of them did not have accurate information, while others claimed. “It’s your problem,” it’s the Water and sewerage company’s problem”.

The Aarhus Centre Coordinator presented the mission and responsibilities of their Center, provided concise, accessible information on the occurred events, visits stressing importance to closing the sewerage manholes, in order to prevent leakage of sewage and eliminate infectious diseases.

During the meeting held in the village administration the coordinator presented the relevant materials posted at the Aarhus Centers website to convince them that the objective of the civic active organizations and the Aarhus Centre was not directed against anyone, but aimed at the elimination of this problem. There was formed an atmosphere of mutual understanding, a discussion took place.

Getting informed about their rights set by the Aarhus Convention to be informed and to participate in decision-making process to address the problem the villagers changed their attitude. However, a group of people were still believed that no one would dare to close the sewerage manholes referring to the owner.

The coordinator of the Aarhus Center met with the executive director of the owners’ livestock complex, who was not aware that the fields were irrigated with sewage. In the presence of the Center coordinator assignments were given to concrete sewerage holes, to cover with soil layer in order to exclude the leakage and promised to inform about the work performed.

At the end of the day, information has been received on completion of the works. The “AWSC” CJSC’s Kapan branch responsible officials have promised to eliminate sewerage metal pipe’s holes, through welding.

Ashot Avagyan
Coordinator of Kapan Aarhus Center
Tell: (+374) 93 79 59 21
E-mail: info_kapan@aarhus.am, kapan.aarhus@mail.ru
Translated by Anush Beybutyan