"Given that Ukraine stopped supplying water to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal this year, we had to make extraordinary decisions. We as water administration are in a difficult situation because we haven't had such problems with water on the peninsula since 1955," Vail said.
The head of the water administration also said that effective Jan. 1, water supply regimes will be established on monthly basis rather than on quarterly basis, as previously.
Before that, Ukraine provided up to 85% of the needs of Crimea in fresh water through the North Crimean Canal coming from the Dnipro river. In general, the water was used for agriculture.
After the annexation of the peninsula by Russia, the supply of water through the North Crimean Canal to the peninsula was stopped.