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12 March 2019, 20:52

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Kiev stops water supply from Petrovskaya station due to pipeline damage - Luganskvoda

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LUGANSK, March 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine stopped water supply to Lugansk and Slavyanoserbskiy district settlements due to a sudden drop in pressure in the Petrovskiy water line, the press service of the state-owned Luganskvoda company reported.

“At 09:00 on March 12, Ukraine stopped the operation of the 2nd level Petrovskaya pumping station due to a sudden loss of pressure in the D-900mm trunk pipe,” the report said.

The company said that due to the emergency shutdown, water will be supplied to residents of eastern Lugansk and parts of the city centre only in the morning and in the evening.

The Slavyanoserbskiy district villages Vesyolaya Gora, Privetnoye, Oboznoye, Metallist, Shishkovo, Liman, Svetloye and Tsvetnye Peski have changed the water supply plan switching to town sources.

“Water tanks will be sent to villages if requested by local councils” Luganskvoda said.

As of now, Luganskvoda specialists are examining stretches of the water line on the right bank of the Severskiy Donets.

The company said it could inspect the water pipe in close proximity to the contact line if the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination and negotiated security guarantees from Ukraine.

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 — 12 March — Lugansk