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23 January 2018, 13:53

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Kiev resumes water supply to LPR via Petrovskiy Duct

LUGANSK, January 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has resumed the operation of Petrovskaya pumping station located in Kiev-controlled territory, the state-owned Luganskvoda enterprise press service said.

Ukraine-controlled Petrovskiy Duct stopped water supply to the Lugansk People’s Republic on 5 December without prior notification. This temporarily cut the feed to Privetnoye, Oboznoye and Vesyolaya Gora villages in Slavyanoserbskiy District.

“On 22 January, at 10:40 a.m. Moscow time, Petrovskaya pumping station in Ukraine resumed operation,” Luganskvoda’s report said.

“As of 23 January, Luganskvoda Southern Branch specialists had performed the required switching to change the water supply plan and are ready to fill clean water reservoirs for Slavyanoserbskiy District residents,” it said.

A lack of water supply from Ukraine did not have serious impact on residents in the designated areas as reverse water supply from LPR was arranged.

On 24 November, Luganskvoda Director Alexander Avershin said Ukraine had resumed water supply to LPR from Petrovskiy Water Duct but that the move was of little significance to LPR residents as the villages depending on the Ukrainian facility had been connected to LPR water supply sources.

On 6 November, Petrovskaya pumping station of Popasnaya Water Duct in Kiev-controlled area stopped water supply to LPR’s settlements Vesyolaya Gora, Privetnoye and Oboznoye without prior notification. On 7 November, Avershin said the move would not impact Lugansk’water supply. On top of that, Luganskvoda supplied water to the designated villages in reverse mode in the course of one week.

Earlier, Avershin said that LPR had no outstanding debt for the water supplied from Ukraine.

LPR envoy to Minsk talk, the Republic’s acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said LPR had paid for the water supplied from Kiev-controlled area every month.

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 84 percent of the water it needed 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. At present, LPR pumps 280,000 cubic meters of water a day from local sources and another 50,000 cubic meters are supplied from Kiev-controlled territory. In pre-war period, water supply volume reached 400,000 cubic meters a day.

LuganskMediaCentre — 23 January — Lugansk