MOSCOW, December 25 - RIA Novosti. Desalination of water in Crimea is an extreme measure, the final decision will be made after the first quarter of 2021, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.
"We are working on the possibility of using desalination. We consider this measure as an extreme measure, if there is not enough water reserves, we will go for desalination. Desalination is the most expensive solution, but if we do not find reserves, then we will go for desalination," Khusnullin told reporters at a press conference.
Earlier, Ukraine provided up to 85% of Crimea's needs for fresh water through the North Crimean Canal running from the Dnieper. However, after the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the supply of water through the canal to the republic was completely cut off unilaterally. The issue of water supply was solved at the expense of natural reservoirs, which over the past year have become significantly shallow due to the low amount of precipitation and water extraction from underground sources. Due to the shortage of water in a number of regions of Crimea, a regime water supply has been introduced into houses.
"If there is not enough water reserves, we will go for desalination. In case the reserves are not found (water - ed.), The place where to install these desalination plants, their cost, pre-design solution - we have everything ready. Therefore, we are waiting for exploration.. Every day I am told how well drilling is going on, "he added.