International standards on water measuring will be applied in UzbekistanNov 1, 2017
From January 1, 2018 four international standards on water measuring will be applied in the Republic of Uzbekistan:
- BS ISO 2537:2007 Hydrometry. Rotating-element current-meters;
- ISO 1100-2:2010 Ed3 Hydrometry. Measurement of liquid flow in open channels. Part 2: Determination of the stage-discharge relationship;
- ISO 1438:2017 Hydrometry. Open channel flow measurement using thin-plate weirs;
- ISO 3846:2008 Hydrometry. Open channel flow measurement using rectangular broad-crested weirs.
The application of these international standards will significantly improve the efficiency of the water measuring and accounting system, which will lead to an improvement in the water availability of agriculture and the population, and thereby make a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of rural areas of the country.
They will also allow hydrometers to:
- appropriately use and maintain hydrometric current-meters when measuring flow velocity in irrigation canals;
- build the most accurate dependencies of water flow on the depth of flow in gauging stations;
- build and use rectangular and triangular (V-shaped) thin-plate weirs for measuring the liquid flow of clean water in open channels under free-mode conditions;
- build and maintain rectangular broad-crested weirs for measuring the liquid flow in open channels, not containing a large number of big deposits.
Since 2016 the joint project of UNDP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan “Technical Capacity Building”, implemented in the frame of the EU Programme “Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Rural Areas in Uzbekistan” has been working on strengthening technical capacities of water management organizations at basin, WUA/farmers levels, as well as at the level of Rural Households and Dehkan farms in six pilot regions of Uzbekistan for achieving the efficiency of the management and rational use of water resources.
The joint initiative of UNDP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources is implemented in line with the Action Strategy on five priority directions of the development of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, as well as with worldwide UNDP activities implemented with the purpose of assisting the countries in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly the Goal 6 “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”.