Mekorot National Water Company will draw up a water master plan for Azerbaijan and supply monitoring equipment to the country. The four-year project, worth an estimated tens of millions of euros, will get underway in 2014.
The decision on the project was made during Azerbaijan Water Resources Development and Management director Ragif Muradov's visit to Israel last week.
Mekorot and the Azerbaijan government signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in 2012. They agreed to carry out several large projects, including the cleaning of the water sources of the capital, Baku, the establishment of a command and control center, and the treatment of water sources contaminated with radioactive elements.
Azerbaijan has suffered from pollution of its drinking water sources and the absence of a master plan of its water sources since declaring independence in 1991. When it was part of the USSR, the Russians built missile plants in the country, and they left behind some of the contaminated sites on the planet.
Since the cooperation agreement was signed, Mekorot has supplied drinking water monitoring laboratories and sampling equipment, and has been training Azeris at seminars in Israel.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on October 28, 2013
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