4 May 2017, 15:50



Kiev cuts water supply from ZFS by 85 percent without giving reasons - Luganskvoda

Ukraine has cut water supply to the Lugansk People’s Republic from West Water Treatment Plant (ZFS) by nearly 85 percent without giving reasons, Luganskvoda state-owned water supply company press service said.

“At 2:00 a.m. on 4 May, Ukrainian side reduced the feed from ZFS by 85 percent; as usual, no reasons were given,” Luganskvoda reported.

Luganskvoda specialists have been taking measures to reconfigure water supply regimes.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that on 4 May, the company stopped, for scheduled maintenance, the water duct feeding Stakhanov, Kirovsk and Bryanka towns from the sources located in LPR territory.

 These settlements may be left without water because of Ukraine’s actions. Water supply to Antratsit, Krasniy Luch and Perevalsk towns will be reduced by 30 percent due to redistribution implemented for trunk networks, Luganskvoda said.

Regrettably, frequent and technologically unwelcome changes in water feed regimes not only reduce consumption but also result in water duct and supply network accidents. Luganskvoda asks to treat with understanding the possible water supply interruptions in the above settlements.

Earlier, LPR Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said Ukraine resumed water supply from ZFS on 29 April, which allowed to lift the state of emergency in Pervomaisk.

In previous incidents, Ukraine stopped water supply to LPR from Petrovskiy intake without notification on 6 March. On 5 April, Popasnaya Duct company stopped water supply to the Republic from ZFS.

 Slavyanoserbskiy district and Pervomaisk authorities announced emergency on 5 April and 11 April, respectively.

Earlier, LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy said the Republic and Ukraine had essentially settled the issue of water supply from Kiev-controlled territory. He said the problem (of water supply from Kiev-controlled territory) would gradually diminish as LPR authorities were taking measures to pump water locally using the existing capacities.

Despite existing accords, Kiev has repeatedly blocked water supply to the Republic from its water intakes since the beginning of this year.

Kiev supplies water to LPR territory via two main sources - West Water Treatment Plant ZFS (Lisichansk area) and Petrovskiy duct (Stanitsa Luganskaya area). In case ZFS is shut off or significantly reduces the feed, Stakhanov, Kirovsk, Bryanka, Pervomaisk, Krasniy Luch, Antratsit and Alchevsk face a dramatic depletion of water supply. Lugansk and its Kamennobrodskiy district in particular mostly depend on Petrovskiy water pipe. 

State water company LuganskVoda reported that the Republic was provided with 72 percent of the water it needed by the end of August 2016 with 84 percent contribution from its own sources, Ukraine's input was reduced to 15 percent.  Until 12 May 2014 overall 258 thousand cubic meters of water were supplied daily to the towns that are currently located in LPR, 132 thousand cubic meters were pumped from local sources. Until the beginning of December 2016, 40-50 thousand cubic meters were fed from Kiev-controlled territories daily and 260 thousand cubic meters were pumped locally by LuganskVoda. 

LuganskMediaCentre — 04 May — Lugansk