Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said that the issue of water shortages in Sevastopol is "practically closed", while the situation with other regions of Crimea has not been resolved. The official noted that work on the search for water is ongoing and will not stop even on January 1. According to him, the authorities are now focusing on drilling wells.
“As regards Sevastopol, we can say that the problem is practically closed, now we will finalize there, make a certain reserve guaranteed, so that, in principle, Sevastopol does not have problems with water,” Khusnullin said on the air of the Russia 24 channel.
“In Crimea, the situation is somewhat more complicated, we are now looking for additional sources, we are drilling out the existing reserves of the reservoir, we are drilling wells,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Khusnullin said that the authorities are searching for water sources around the clock, and the work will not stop even on January 1. He also expressed hope that the Crimea support program will be fully implemented.
“The maximum rate now is for drilling. I am convinced that we will solve the water issue in Crimea,”the official said.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum in which 95.6% of the participants were in favor of joining the Russian Federation. Ukraine provided up to 85% of the republic's needs for fresh water through the North Crimean Canal, which connects the main channel of the Dnieper with the peninsula. After the referendum, the Ukrainian side stopped supplying water to the peninsula. The issue of water supply in the region is being solved by means of natural reservoirs, which in 2020 were significantly shallowed due to low precipitation, as well as by drilling wells and extracting water from underground sources.]]>