To date the fund has rebuilt a five-kilometer long pipeline and constructed a distribution network, connecting all Noragyugh households to the grid and providing them with a regular supply of potable water. Currently construction crews are working on the last leg of the project, the rebuilding of three reservoirs as well as a deep-water well. According to the chief engineer, water volume will significantly increase once these improvements are completed.
For many years Noragyugh’s pipeline was in a state of disrepair, with corroded pipes causing extensive water loss. The village received water once every two days, and only for two hours at a time. “We have long waited for the day when water would flow into our homes,” says Mayor Edik Mardyan, reflecting a sentiment shared by all residents.
“Throughout 2011, thousands of our donors will have the opportunity to see how their contributions help turn the slogan ‘Water Is Life’ into reality,” says Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. “Noragyugh is the latest example of this vital process.”
“The fact that there can be no life without water is even more pronounced in a village, where water is also a prerequisite for economic development,” says Bedros Terzian, chairman of the fund’s French affiliate.
Established in 1966, Noragyugh is Askeran’s largest community, with a population of 1,510. Farming is the main occupation. The village has a modern school and a medical clinic as well as well-built roads. Today, in light of the fact that the water issue has been resolved, residents believe that their community is poised for considerable economic growth in the years ahead.