Some (if not many) lying on the couch spend hours solving the most important problem for all mankind – how to make people’s lives, and on the whole planet at once, happy and cloudless. In the end, the sofa remains in its original place, and the life of mankind is the same as it was with all its contradictions and threats.
One of the explosive problems today, and not only in arid regions, but also on the entire planet, is a sharp decrease in fresh water reserves. And the most tragic is that the development of this trend can lead to global collapse.
However, it is not necessary to invent a mechanical bicycle where electric scooters are already furrowing the roads. For the wise principle says: think globally, and act locally, since the solution of global problems begins on the ground …
… On Tuesday, December 10, in the bed of the Murghab River – the most important waterway of southeastern Turkmenistan – under the Smart Waters project, a Miass dredger 400/40 – a vessel for cleaning the bottom of silt sediments – was launched.
The Russian dredger is designed to work in small water areas at a depth of 5 to 8 meters. The vessel is equipped with a special soil pump with a ripper. It sinks to the bottom, where sediments of silt and fine-grained rocks are absorbed into the pipe. A dredger can process up to 40 cubic meters of water hourly, clearing and, accordingly, deepening the channel.
In order for the mixture from the bottom to be thrown not just ashore, a special foundation pit was dug near the channel not far from the village of Dashkopri. Contaminated water is discharged into it. Under the influence of gravity, it again flows into the river, filtering in coastal sands. And the sludge raised from the bottom will later be used to strengthen dams and river banks.
The acquisition of the dredger was a request from SBC, the pilot body for water management in Turkmenistan, created in 2018 on the basis of the hydrographic (basin) principle. The unit itself has been transferred to the management of the Murgapbashsaka project association and will be used along the entire length of the channel. The plans are to unite the efforts of several vessels, including dredgers for cleaning the reservoir of the Saryyazinsky reservoir, which are only supposed to be purchased.
“We hope that this is not our last joint work,” said US Ambassador to Turkmenistan Matthew Klimov. – We are pleased to be of service. Do not tell my colleagues, but I like being here much more than working in my office.
The plans of USAID and CAREC, together with their Turkmen partners, are to modernize the Govshutgent waterworks, dividing Murghab into 5 irrigation canals. It is assumed that water distribution systems and water accounting mechanisms will be automated.