MOSCOW, December 29 - RIA Novosti. The issue of water supply to Crimea and Sevastopol is practically closed, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.
He noted that this problem was almost solved in Sevastopol.
"Now we will finalize there, we will make a certain reserve guaranteed, so that, in principle, Sevastopol does not have problems with water. 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 on the air TV channel "Russia 24".
Khusnullin stressed that the work on finding water is being carried out around the clock and will continue even on January 1.
He expressed the hope that the authorities will carry out all the measures that are spelled out in the program designed to provide the Crimea and Sevastopol with water. according to him, now the maximum stake is on drilling.
“I am convinced that we will solve the water issue in Crimea,” the Deputy Prime Minister stressed.
The situation with water in Crimea
Before the reunification of Crimea with Russia, Ukraine provided about 85 percent of the peninsula's fresh water needs through the North Crimean Canal running from the Dnieper. Then the water supply to the republic was stopped unilaterally.
The issue of water supply was solved at the expense of natural storage facilities, which over the past year have become shallow due to the low amount of precipitation, as well as by drilling wells and extracting water from underground sources. As a result, water supply schedules had to be introduced in Simferopol and 39 adjacent settlements from the end of this August. In addition, water supply at night was limited in Alushta, nearby coastal villages on the South Bank and Belogorsk.
As Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin stated, Crimea will receive about 50 billion rubles to modernize the water supply system, the bulk of the funds will come from the federal budget. The implementation of the comprehensive plan, according to the chairman of the Cabinet, will provide additional water supply in the amount of at least 310 thousand cubic meters per day.
In December, they began to transfer water to Sevastopol from the Kadykovsky quarry, a reserve reservoir near Mount Gasfort and Inkerman Lake. The construction of a new water intake on the Belbek River to collect flood waters has also begun, and it is planned to complete it by March 1.