On the eve of the professional holiday June 5 - "Water Economy and Amelioration Employees’ Day", the State Water Resources Agency of Azerbaijan organized a mediatour to Salyan and Neftchala regions. As part of the mediatur, representatives of mass media visited the Kurkand pumping station in Salyan region and the United General Akusha pumping station.
Gulu Karimov, the deputy director of the Irrigation Systems Operation Department of Amelioration and Water Economy OJSC, delivered the information for media representatives that the Kurkand pumping station, which was overhauled in 2022, provides irrigation water to 2840 hectares of cultivated land in 3 villages of Salyan region, and the station's productivity is 3,000 liters per second. The second inspected facility, United Main Akusha pumping station, serves 19,200 hectares of cultivated land. "Akusha-2" stationary pumping station with 12 aggregates, founded by Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, was put into operation in 1981.
Later, journalists got acquainted with the implementation of the reconstruction project of water supply and sewage systems of Neftchala city. Ilgar Tagiyev, Deputy Chairman of "Azersu" OJSC, noted that in accordance with the "Action Plan for 2020-2022 on ensuring the efficient use of water resources" approved by President Ilham Aliyev, in 2020 40 km long transmission main was built from the Shirvan-Mugan group water pipeline to the city of Neftchala and a water reservoir with a volume of 7500 cubic meters was built near the city of Salyan. According to him, in November 2020, the supply of water to the city of Neftchala from that pipeline was ensured. In order to ensure the sustainability of the city's water supply, as well as to improve the water supply of other settlements that suffer from drinking water, the second 38 km long transmission main was put into operation in May 2023 based on the project of the Azerbaijan State Water Resources Agency.
As part of the media tour, journalists also visited the dam on the main branch of Kura River.The project started in 2022 to regulate the flow of water in the part of the Kura River where it meets the Caspian Sea and was completed in January of this year. The dam, which is 350 meters long, 16 meters wide, and 4.5 meters high, was built without pouring gravel and stones. The water transfer capacity of the project is 735 cubic meters per second.