In Sevastopol, a high alert mode has been introduced due to water shortages. According to the occupying Russian so-called “government,” the city’s water supply will be enough for 81 days, if there is no precipitation in the near future. This was reported by the website Krym.Realii.

“Currently, the reserves of the Chornorichensky Reservoir amount to 16.8 million cubic meters of water. If 7 million cubic meters is an inviolable reserve, below which it is impossible to fall, taking into account that no serious precipitation is expected by the end of the year, there will be enough water for 81 days,” the acting Deputy Mayor Volodymyr Bazarov reported at a meeting of the emergency commission.

 It has been decided to switch garden societies to winter water supply, but restrictions on water supply to homes, according to the government, have not yet been introduced.

 According to the Head of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhayev, work will begin next week on the transfer of water from the lake near Mount Gasforta. 

“At the presidential level, all decisions have been made. The government has allocated the necessary amounts. There are a number of priority measures – transfer of water from the Kadykovsky quarry is by 30 December, and construction of the Belbetsky water intake is by 1 March, 2021. We will start to work with transferring water from Gasforta next week,” said Razvozhayev.

It should be noted that since 7 September in Simferopol and 39 settlements of the Simferopol and Bakhchysarai areas the third and most severe stage of restrictions of water supply because of a drought and shallowing of the Ayansky, Partizansky and Simferopol reservoirs began. Drinking water is now given for an hour in the morning and evening. The city’s water needs of almost 400,000 people is 160,000 cubic meters per day, but now about 100,000 cubic meters are supplied.

In turn, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has finally decided on the possibility of water supply to the Russian-occupied Crimea. Water will be supplied to the Peninsula only after the deoccupation of the Peninsula.

Natalia Tolub

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