United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have conducted the round table on the presentation of results, environmental benefits recommendations for the operation of the newly constructed the Khivaabad-Kaahka waterway. The event was held under the multi-partnership project “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan”.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the local administration, employees of the Ministry of agriculture and water resources, the Committee for nature protection and land resources, sanitary and epidemiological service of the Akhal province, the Ministry of health and medical industry and other government agencies.
The Khivaabad-Kaahka waterway, taking water from local Layinsuv river, was put into operation in April this year, becoming one of the major stages of cooperation between UNDP and Turkmenistan.
Already at the project stage, experts predicted a number of benefits from the construction of a gravity-flowing water conduit, including preventing the loss of valuable water resources and saving power energy through reducing a large number of electric pumps used for water supplying from underground wells.
At the same time, the operation of the pipeline has brought several additional economic, environmental and social dividends:
- The water from the mountain river flowing through the water pipe is cleaner and has better qualities than the water from underground sources, this has a positive impact on the health of the population.
- The saved water resources, previously lost due to evaporation, infiltration, will be allocated to irrigation of agricultural lands, which in the future will yield rich fruits, vegetables and melons harvest. This will encourage local residents, desiring to engage in agricultural production.
- Reduction of water infiltration also addresses the problem of increasing the level of groundwater.
- In a closed pipeline system, water is delivered more reliably to water treatment facilities, since there was always the risk of destruction of the river bed by mudflows.
Thus, the successful implementation of Khivaabad-Kaahka waterway, can become a model of rationalization of water consumption and has good chances to be replicated in other regions of Turkmenistan as well.