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Monitoring Water Quality and Water Quantity in the Lakes of Baku, Azerbaijan - Case Study

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In June 2015 the first European Games will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Eijkelkamp Soil & Water is supplying and installing equipment which will monitor the water quality and water quantity in Lake Boyuk Shor, to the north of the city, after the European Games.

Part of a major remediation project

The delivery and installation of the water quality and water quantity equipment by Eijkelkamp Soil & Water is part of a major remediation project being implemented by project partner Witteveen+Bos. With local and international parties, engineering consultants Witteveen+Bos are working on the remediation and improvement of landscape qualities of nine lakes around Baku, including Lake Boyuk Shor. The remediation and improvement project is being carried out for the Ministry of Economics and Industry in Azerbaijan and the implementation organisation Tamiz Shahar is responsible for coordinating the project.

Work on Lake Boyuk Shor with a view over the European Games stadium is now well under way. The highly polluted waterbed has been dredged, a temporary storage for contaminated dredging spoils has been created, and dams have been constructed to isolate the project area.

Feasibility study

In 2013, experts from Witteveen+Bos conducted a feasibility study for the remediation and restoration of the nine lakes around Baku. For each lake, the environmental situation and economically feasible remediation options were studied. Looking forward to the first European Games, at the end of 2013 the Ministry of Economics and Industry in Azerbaijan awarded Witteveen+Bos the contract to produce a design for the first phase: remediation and improvement of Lake Boyuk Shor.

In Azerbaijan oil is drilled on land and at sea. In the past, little attention was paid to how this was done, resulting in serious pollution in and around the lakes of Baku. Furthermore, untreated sewage water and waste were discharged.

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