LPR has no water supply from Kiev-controlled intakes – Luganskvoda
Ukraine has not notified LPR about resuming water supply and still blocks supply from Petrovskaya pumping station and West Water Treatment Plant (ZFS), Luganskvoda state-owned water supply enterprise told Lugansk Media Centre.
Ukrainian deputy minister for occupied territories Georgiy Tuka said on 24 April that Kiev would most likely decide not to halt water supply through Popasnaya Duct, in order not to provoke sanctions which inevitably follow in case of violation of humanitarian norms. He said that “guided by humanitarian norms,” Ukraine, as a state, had no right to stop the supply of drinking water to the population.
“There have been no notifications on water supply resumption from Ukraine; the Republic is not receiving water from Petrovskiy intake and ZFS,” Luganskvoda said.
Ukraine stopped water supply to LPR from Petrovskiy intake without notification on 6 March. On 5 April, Popasnaya water duct stopped water supply to the Republic from ZFS.
Emergency due to water shortages was declared by Slavyanoserbskiy district and Pervomaisk authorities 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.
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.
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