Martuni is one of eight regions of Artsakh. Territory of the region is 951 km2, population is 23.157 people (as of 2005). The regional center is the town of Martuni. The region borders Khachen on the north, Shushi on the east and Dizak on the south-west. Berdashen is a village of 1500 people and is one of the larger rural communities in the region. Berdashen is one of the villages in Artsakh that has a very positive demographic picture with people remaining in their home community throughout the Liberation War and the difficult period of rebuilding afterwards.
Before: The water main that the village of Berdashen used was built in the beginning of 60s from asbestos pipes. Apart from the fact that the use of asbestos is prohibited in potable water networks, the pipeline itself was critically damaged. The pumping station that helped bring water from the spring to the village and the internal distribution network was also dilapidated and could no longer be exploited.
After: In the frames of the project brought to life with the support of Hayastan All Armenian Fund Argentina Affiliate, the Berdashen village drinking water supply system was fully rehabilitated and upgraded.
The realized project included the following elements:
• Construction of 3,6 km long pipeline with d=114x4 mm with plastic pipes
• Repair of pumping station and installation of a new CHC 60x297 pump
• Construction of a new 920m long pressure pipeline
• Restoration of the community’s internal distribution network along with the installation of new water-holes and regulating valves.
Thanks to this project, more than 400 families in Berdashen are provided with a safe, stable and dependable access to drinking water. To ensure the continued maintenance and sustainability of the project, the community has decided to install water meters so that every family living in Berdashen will have their input in preserving this vital initiative.
Sponsors: Fondo Nacional Armenia, ARGENTINA, Telethon 2008,Alicia Vosgerichian de Magarian,Hovsep Magarian,Varujan Panossian (in honor of Takvor Magarian and Nvart Terzian Magarian)