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12 May 2017, 12:05

Minsk-2

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Ukraine doesn't supply water to LPR since May 5

Ukraine doesn't supply water at all to LPR since May 5, said state water company Lugansk Water.

"On May 5 Ukraine halted water supply completely."

"As of today, all cities and townships in LPR receive water from internal sources, and there is some deficit, about 30 percent."

To tackle the situation water supply timetable has been applied.

Ukraine has cut water supply to the Lugansk People’s Republic from West Water Treatment Plant (ZFS) by nearly 85 percent without giving reasons on May 4.

In previous incidents, 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.

Slavyanoserbskiy district and Pervomaisk authorities announced emergency 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.

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 — 12 May — Lugansk