SIMFEROPOL, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. The reserves of underground water sources required to supply Simferopol have been confirmed, said the head of Crimea, Sergei Aksenov.
“We are looking at what production rate will be given after the well is pumped in order to understand how much water will be supplied on an ongoing basis. While we are going on schedule. “, – said Aksenov at a meeting in the Crimean government.
According to him, drilling of new wells continues in the republic to transfer the water supply of Simferopol completely to underground sources.
Previously, 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 resolved through the extraction of water from underground sources and natural reservoirs, which over the past year have become significantly shallower due to the low amount of precipitation. Due to the shortage of water in a number of regions of Crimea, regime water supply to houses has been introduced, the water supply of Simferopol is mainly reoriented to artesian sources.
The Russian government has prepared a comprehensive plan to ensure a reliable water supply to the peninsula. About 50 billion rubles have been allocated for its implementation.