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7 November 2017, 14:09

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Lugansk to have water supply despite Kiev’s shutting down Petrovskiy intake - Luganskvoda

LUGANSK, November 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine shut down the Petrovskaya pumping station of Popasnaya water duct without prior notice or explaining the reasons, but this will not affect Lugansk water supply, State Unitary Enterprise Luganskvoda director Alexander Avershin said on Tuesday.

“They turned it off at 11:20 a.m., Kiev time (00:20 p.m., LPR time) on 6 November without explaining the reasons,” Avershin said adding that Kiev had not notified Lugansk about the upcoming shutdown.

“This (shutdown) will not affect Lugansk at all; it will impact Slavyanoserbrskiy district settlements, but we’ll settle the matter by the end of the week; they won’t be left without water,” the Luganskvoda director said.

Earlier on Tuesday, reports said that Petrovskaya pumping station of Popasnaya water duct in Kiev-controlled area had stopped water supply to LPR.

On Monday, Ukrainian media reported that Lugansk Energy Association (LEO) would cut off power supply to the Petrovskiy pumping station due to the water duct’s debt amounting to nearly 157 million hryvnas as of 6 November.

LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said that LPR had paid part of the bill for the water supplied via Popasnaya duct, despite Ukraine’s failure to meet its safety commitments. Deinego also noted that OSCE coordinator in the Contact Group economic subgroup Per Fischer had stated that Kiev violated the agreed terms of payments for the water supplied to LPR from Ukraine.

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 of 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. Until the beginning of December 2016, 45-50 thousand cubic meters were fed from Kiev-controlled territories daily and 260 thousand cubic meters were pumped locally by LuganskVoda. In April and May 2017, ZFS supplied 8,000 to 9,000 cubic metres of water to LPR daily. In pre-war period, consumers received 400,000 cubic meters of water per day.

LuganskMediaCentre — 07 November — Lugansk