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Drinking Water For The Crimea
April 29, 2014 13:24


Re-opening of wells for drinking water replenishment to begin in Crimean peninsula, Dmitry Polonsky, the Information minister of the republic said on Sunday to ITAR-TASS. According to him, fresh water reserves were discovered as far back as in 1970s by Soviet geologists, who drilled the first wells in the north-east of the peninsula.

"But then there was simply no need, and after that nobody was engaged in developments, the minister said. - Today the situation has changed and we have to start doing it.  We don't have specific figures yet, the work is just beginning," he added.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliev said that fresh water reserves in the north-east of the peninsula should be enough to provide with it all the south-eastern part of the peninsula, including Feodosia and Kerch. At the same time, according to the vice-premier, opening up of underground reserves is expected to begin in late April-early May.

Temirgaliev rejected statements of illegitimate Kiev authorities that Simferopol is not paying for water supply. He said that in accordance with the requirements of Ukraine, Crimea passed in the Kherson Oblast necessary documents for signing the water supply contract on April 12.  

"At the same time we said that we agreed to pay as much as the inadequate Kiev officials wanted us to pay. But again, they found some formal reasons, sort of like we supposedly handed wrong papers," Crimean official said.

Up to 85% of the water used to flow to the peninsula from Dnieper through the North-Crimean channel. The channel was built in 1961-1971. It begins from Kakhovskoe Reservoir and comes to Kerch. In recent weeks Kiev has cut off the water delivery about 20 times, which can create problems for agriculture of Crimea, annexed to the Russian Federation in mid-March. Crimean authorities have consistently pointed out that there is enough drinking water on the peninsula, no matter how the current Ukrainian authorities act.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: the Crimea     

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