14 March 2017, 16:44



LPR meets commitments under water supply contract with Ukraine – minister

The Lugansk People’s Republic fully meets its obligations under the contract of water supply from Kiev-controlled Lugansk region area, the Republic’s Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said at a meeting with LPR district officials on Tuesday.

“The Republic fully meets its commitments. As for the other side, they turn water supply on and off without explanations, apparently for political reasons,” Ivanushkin said.   

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

Despite existing accords, Kiev has repeatedly blocked water supply to the Republic from its water intakes since the beginning of this year. On 6 March, it suspended water supply via Petrovskiy duct, no explanations were given.

Overnight to March 11, Ukraine stopped the feed via the West water treatment plant (ZFS) citing a trunk pipe accident without showing the
appropriate documents.

On 1 December 2016, Ukraine shut off water supply to LPR through Petrovskiy water duct, and reduced feed via ZFS by twofold. On 12 January, LPR Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said Ukraine had resumed water supply to the Republic from Ukraine-controlled Lugansk region area.

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 — 14 March — Lugansk