Favorable Water Volumes Forecast for Uzbekistan’s Amu Darya and Syr Darya Rivers

 According to the news agency UzA, Uzbekistan’s Minister of Water Management Shavkat Hamroyev told a parliamentary hearing that watersheds from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers are forecast as favorable this year.

The announcement was made in response to Muqaddas Tirkasheva, a member of the lower house of parliament, who inquired, “water limits are agreed with Central Asian countries every year. Today, when we meet with voters, they often refer to the water shortage. There are concerns about whether the construction of the Qosh Tepa canal will affect the water of Amu Darya. How does this year’s forecast volume of water in the Amu Darya, Syr Darya, Zarafshan rivers  compare to previous years? What measures are being taken to ensure guaranteed water supply to economic sectors?”

Minister Hamroyev continued, “t
here are agreements among five countries regarding water allocations. Our recent meeting in Shymkent addressed reservoir water levels. Due to this year’s precipitation, it’s anticipated that water levels in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers will match last year’s levels. Projections suggest 85–90% water in the Syr Darya and 90–95% in the Amu Darya compared to historical averages. Our reservoirs currently hold 1.5 billion cubic meters more water than last year.”


Times of Central Asia