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2 May 2017, 15:23

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Pervomaisk lifts emergency as Ukraine resumes water supply

Pervomaisk town lifted the state of emergency as Ukraine resumed water supply to LPR from West Water Treatment Plant (ZFS-2), the Republic’s acting Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said at a Council of Minister’s meeting attended by LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy on Tuesday.

“We’re lifting the state of emergency in Pervomaisk today as Ukraine resumed water supply through ZFS-2 at 7:00 p.m. on 29 April,” Ivanushkin said.

“Current feed to the district amounts to 800 cubic meters; Pervomaisk is fully provided with water,” he said.

“The emergency mode in Slavyanoserbsk district was lifted over the past week as water supply was arranged from other sources, the minister added.

Ukraine stopped water supply to LPR from Petrovskiy intake without notification on 6 March. On 5 April, Popasnaya Duct company stopped water supply to the Republic from ZFS.

Water shortage emergency was issued 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. Before 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 — 02 May — Lugansk