As reported by Censor.NET citing Krym.Realii, this was stated by Sergey Karpov, the head of the so-called "Ministry of Housing and Public Utilities" of the Kremlin-controlled government of the peninsula.
According to Karpov, there are seven problem-plagued regions in Crimea. He also noted that 12 million rubles were required for the construction of water supply system in one of Simferopol neighborhoods. According to the official of the puppet government, another 49 million rubles will be allocated in 2017.
Besides, Sergey Karpov reported that survey and design works were conducted in Feodosia, while 379 million rubles were to be allocated to tackle the issues of water supply. Yet, there is no confirmation that the authorities are ready to allocate such funds.
A local emergency situation was declared in the town of Staryi Krym in June over water supply problems. The town with population exceeding 10,000 people was left without central water supply system. The village of Nyzhnia Kutuzovka (Big Alushta) stumbled upon the similar problem. Tank trucks deliver the water to the village and town, but its volume is insufficient for the needs of the residents because of the hot weather.
Following the Russian occupation of Crimea, Ukraine ceased supplying water to the peninsula through the North-Crimean Canal, which connects the body of the Dnipro River with the peninsula. Ukraine covered up to 85 percent of Crimea's water needs through this channel.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared Feb. 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On Oct. 7, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a relevant law. International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. The West has imposed a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."
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