Donetsk water filtration plant (DWFP) stops working; the plant employees are being evacuated, Water Donbass Company public utility director Oleg Mokry stated on February 24th, as Donetsk News Agency informed.
Last night, the plant again came under heavy fire. “The shells struck [water] tank No 1 and chlorine storage facilities. The chlorine pipeline is broken; the roof is damaged. 2 shells struck the clean water tanks; the shells struck the area near the administrative-utility building, and the filtration station. Moreover, the building of the filtration station and window boards are damaged by shrapnel, the roof of the filtration station was also damaged,” as stated in a press release from Water Donbass Company press service issued on February 24th. Since it is impossible to work in such conditions, and the plant employees are constantly staying in the bomb shelter, it was decided to close the plant and evacuate the employees. “We cannot bear this any longer. If we do not evacuate the people now, we will lose them. Therefore, we are shutting off the plant, and we are going to evacuate people,” Oleg Mokry stated.
Recall that Donetsk water filtration plant supplies communities on the both sides of the contact line with water. These are Donetsk, Yasinovataya, the villages of Vasilevka and Spartak under the control of Donetsk People’s Republic, and Avdeevka, Krasnogorovka and the township of Verkhnetoretskoye occupied by Kiev. On February 18th, DWFP stopped working because electric power was interrupted by the Ukrainian army’s shelling. Maintenance works took 2 days, and the plant started to working again on February 21st. However, the shelling has significantly intensified during recent days, and much of the DWFP infrastructure was considerably damaged.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency