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24 November 2017, 15:09

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Kiev resumes water supply to LPR via Petrovskiy Duct

LUGANSK, November 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev resumed water supply to LPR via the Petrovskiy water duct of Popasnyanskiy water company (Popasnyanskiy Vodokanal), though currently LPR does not need this provider, as all townships previously dependent on Petrovskiy duct have been reconnected to local sources, said the director of LPR water state company Luganskvoda Alexander Avershin.

Petrovskaya pumping station located in Kiev-controlled territory ceased operation on November 6 without due notification, leaving Veselaya Gora, Privetnoye and Oboznoye in the LPR without water supply.

On November 7, Avershin said Kiev's actions would not affect Lugansk water supply. Within a week, all affected townships were connected to other sources in reverse mode.

"Yes, Petrovskiy water duct resumed supplies. That is to say, water is pumped in accordance with designed specifications, as it should be. These townships (Veselaya Gora, Privetnoye and Oboznoye) are connected to Petrovskiy water duct according to designs, not to Lugansk, as we had to do while Petrovskiy was out of operation," he explained.

"Residents of these townships were receiving water, as we have carried out works (to reestablish water supply from local sources), they will remain with water, there will be no changes," Avershin assured.

He added that Ukraine has not provided explanations for turning Petrovskiy water duct off and back on.  Why they turned it off and then on again remains unknown. They did not notify us officially upon halting water supply, but then they said they are ready to re-establish supply and we agreed."

"As of today, the LPR owes nothing to Petrovskiy water duct," he confirmed.

Earlier LPR acting Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said LPR pays water bills to Petrovskiy water duct monthly.

Despite agreements on water supplies reached in Minsk, since the beginning of 2017 Kiev has been regularly shutting off its water stations pumping water to the LPR.

Kiev supplies water to LPR territory via two main sources -West water treatment plant ZFS (Popasnyanskiy Water Duct, 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. 

Earlier Lugansk Energy Union Company press service announced the plans to cut energy supply to Popasnyanskiy Water Duct, which owes it 128 mln hryvnia.

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 Lugansk Voda.

LuganskMediaCentre — 24 November — Lugansk