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 Crimean officials announced water shortage: "We haven't had such problems with water since 1955"

Crimean officials admitted serious problems with water, which they haven't had since 1955.

This was announced by Ihor Vail, the head of "Goskomvodhoz" communal water supply company, at a press conference in Simferopol, Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.

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"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.

He noted that Crimea is provided with drinking water by 100% until the end of 2014.

According to the official, the volume of natural flow water reservoirs is 61.6 million cubic meters of water, the volume of pumped storage is 40.3 million cubic meters.

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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.


 
 
 
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