Varagavan, a small community in Tavush Province, will soon have a renovated water system that will allow about 750 residents to access potable water in their homes.

“The problem with the main water system became apparent in 2014,” said the recently selected Head of Local Administration Armen Abrahamyan. “The tubes, which had been installed during the Soviet era, were corroded and we had water leakage. Also, some people were complaining about humidity in their homes as a result of the leakage.”

Constructing and rehabilitating potable water systems is an important part of FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). A multi-faceted and comprehensive project to reduce the effects of poverty in the Berd Region of Tavush, BCPP aims to strengthen overall economic and agricultural activity, infrastructure, healthcare, and education.

In 2016, Abrahamyan approached FAR for their pledge to support the community through the renovation of its water system. “Along with joint community efforts, and support from Territorial Development Foundation and FAR, we initiated the construction of the entire village’s 4,100-meter long drinking water system,” said Abrahamyan, who added that they have also built a basin to accumulate water sourced from mountain springs.

“Water is the main source of life and the core of sustainable development, especially for growing families. However, access to potable water has become a community problem in many rural areas of Armenia, and Varagavan is no exception. While working with the community, the problem couldn’t escape our notice and we are now happy to see the first fruits of our input here,” said FAR’s own economic development expert Eric Baghdasaryan, who also emphasized FAR’s investment in the renovation and modernization of old, corroded pipe systems in other communities as well. “Next year, together with Territorial Development Foundation, we’ll continue to work on the renovation and construction of the drinking water system, and provide service support in the decades to come.”

After a thorough study in a number of communities in the Berd Region, FAR through BCPP, has decided to co-finance the renovation of drinking water systems in another five communities* as well. So far, renovation and construction has been completed in Chinari and Choratan, meaning that more than 2,000 residents now have access to clean and sustainable potable water.

Stay tuned to get more insights into the final stages and outcomes of the construction.

*These communities include Aygedzor, Artsvaberd, Chinchin, and Norashen.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) is a multidimensional FAR project addressing child poverty in the region of Tavush, sponsored by the Edward and Helen Mardigian Foundation.