According to the LuganskInformCenter information agency, Director of Luganskvoda (Lugansk Water Supply) enterprise Aleksandr Avershin reported on May 11 that Ukrainian authorities completely cut off the water supply to the Lugansk People’s Republic (the LPR) since May 5.
“Currently, all the cities and towns of the Republic are supplied solely by the volumes produced within the territory of the Republic; therefore, we experience a deficiency of produced and distributed water of about 30 percent,” he said. Ukraine explained that the cutoff was caused by repair works and a debt for electric power. However, the LPR envoy at the Minsk talks Vladislav Deynego stated earlier that the Ukrainian side in every possible way avoided accepting LPR’s payments for water supply.
Ukraine supplies water to LPR from two major water intake facilities located in areas controlled by Kiev ― the West Filtration Station (WFS) near Lisichansk, and the Petrovsky Water Intake Facility in the Stanichno-Lugansky District. A limited or no supply from WFS will lead to water deficiencies in the towns of Stakhanov, Kirovsk, Bryanka, Pervomaysk, Krasny Luch, Antratsit, and Alchevsk. If Petrovsky Water Intake Facility stops supplying water, a deficiency will occur in a number of residential areas in Lugansk. Despite the reached agreements about water supply to the Republic, since the beginning of 2017 Kiev has repeatedly suspended water supply from the facilities under its control without notice.
Update. On May 11, the Ukrainian side promised to restore the water supply of the LPR.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency