SIMFEROPOL, March 13 – RIA Novosti. The cost of the Yalta desalination station will be about three billion rubles, a feasibility study of the project is being prepared, the head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov told reporters on Saturday.
“I am sure that only desalination will give a guaranteed result. A feasibility study is being prepared for the Yalta site, the approximate amount of funds is about three billion rubles, there are funding sources. In principle, work has already begun,” Crimea Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Reshetnikov. He added that the technical parameters of the installation and the manufacturer were not named due to the sanctions regime.
Earlier, Aksenov said that the contractor is ready to start building desalination plants in the region in order to solve the problem of water shortages. He said that the first desalination plants will be located in the Frunze settlement of the Saki region for water supply to Simferopol and in the Yalta region. In turn, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin said that desalination of water in Crimea is a backup option and an extreme measure. The final decision will be made after the first quarter of this year.
Ukraine previously 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 drought. Due to the shortage of water in a number of regions of Crimea, regime water supply has been introduced into houses, including in Simferopol, Yalta and Alushta regions.
The Russian government has prepared a comprehensive plan to ensure a reliable water supply to the peninsula. About 50 billion rubles were allocated for its implementation.