Crimea has water reserves for 1.5 years – regional head


The peninsula’s water storage basins have been stuffed to 100% of the deliberate quantity, Sergey Aksyonov has mentioned

Crimea has collected water reserves which might be twice as massive as within the earlier yr, the regional head, Sergey Aksyonov, advised TASS information company on Monday. The territory had suffered from periodic shortages starting in 2014, when Ukraine minimize off water provide by way of a canal situated within the Kherson area.

“We aren’t experiencing any water [supply] problems now,” Aksyonov mentioned, including that each one water reserve basins at the moment are storing 100% of the deliberate reserve quantity. The reserves are adequate to provide Crimeans for a yr and a half, the area’s head added.

Even draught wouldn’t be a lot of an issue for Crimea now, as Russia controls the North Crimean Canal, based on Aksyonov. Built throughout Soviet instances, the canal brings water from the Dnieper River by way of the Kherson area to Crimea.

The canal, which, based on some estimates equipped as much as 90% of the peninsula’s water wants, was shut down by Ukraine after Crimea voted to hitch Russia at a referendum eight years in the past. Between 2014 and 2022, the locals needed to depend on scarce native water provides. The peninsula was severely hit by a draught in 2020, prompting native authorities to introduce consuming water supply schedules for a number of cities, together with the regional capital of Simferopol.

The canal was seized by Russian forces after they gained management over most of Kherson Oblast in spring 2022 throughout Moscow’s army marketing campaign in Ukraine. The Kherson area then voted to hitch Russia along with three different former Ukrainian territories in late September.

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