SIMFEROPOL, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. The reserves in two large reservoirs supplying Simferopol continue to decline, said Vladimir Bazhenov, General Director of the Voda Kryma State Unitary Enterprise. “Water reserves in the reservoirs continue to decline. Ayanskoye – 26%, but it is so small that we do not take these reserves seriously, “Bazhenov said at a meeting in the Crimean government.
According to him, work continues on the transfer of the city's water supply from underground sources.
“Artesian water supplied to the city has already begun to significantly dominate and exceed in comparison with water from reservoirs,” Bazhenov said.
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.