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16 April 2019, 10:12

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Pervomaisk left without water as Kiev cuts supply, launches repairs

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LUGANSK, April 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The town of Pervomaisk has temporarily no water as Ukraine cut the supply and launched conduit repairs, the Lugansk People’s Republic Luganskvoda state-owned company reported. 

“The Popasnaya District Water Canal utility company notified that water supply through the D-1200mm and ZFS-2/ZFS-3 pipes located in Ukrainian territory would be reduced by 30 percent due to repairs from 19:00 on April 14 to 16:00, April 16,” the report said.

Luganskvoda upgrades water supply networks across the Republic under a government programme; it is now replacing the D-500mm trunk pipe in Rostovskaya Street in the town of Pervomaisk. In this connection, water supply to Pervomaisk customers was stopped at 22:00 on April 14 for the period of repairs.

“The water supply (to Pervomaisk) will be resumed, tentatively by April 17, after the situation with water supply from Ukraine has normalised and repairs have been finished, the company said adding that water is delivered to local residents by tank trucks on the administration’s request.

Earlier reports said that Luganskvoda had replaced 480 metres of water pipes in Pervomaisk using trenchless pipe rehabilitation among other methods.

Kiev supplies water to the 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 May 12, 2014 overall 258 thousand cubic meters of water were supplied daily to the towns that are currently located in the LPR, 132 thousand cubic meters were pumped from local sources. At present, the 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 — 16 April — Lugansk