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Around 64 % of Armenia’s population lived in urban areas in 2018 (Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia, 2020a). Over recent years, Armenia has invested in improving the public water supply network, particularly to rural areas. By means of these investments, 97.9 % of the population was connected to the water supply system in 2018. Despite Armenia not setting a national target, with almost 98 % of its households connected to the water system, the country is very close to reaching the UN SDG Target 6.1, which asks countries to “achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.” However, according to an UNECE environmental performance assessment in 2000 (UNECE, 2000b), around 80 % of the Armenian public water supply system was more than 10 years old and 55 % was more than 20 years old. Since then, maintenance of the water supply system had been neglected. The number of interruptions in supply is now increasing regularly, and the system loses 79 % of water in transport before it reaches the public.

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