MOSCOW, 15 March – RIA Novosti. Rainwater inflow into Crimean reservoirs in spring will be 25-65%, which will not improve the situation with water shortage on the peninsula, said the head of the Hydrometeorological Center Sergei Borshch at a press conference in the news agency Rossiya Segodny. in reservoirs on the rivers of the Republic of Crimea will be only 25-65%. That is, it will not significantly improve the situation with the lack of water, which is now, “- said Borshch.
He clarified that there is still hope for the rains, which usually occur in May and June.
According to the Hydrometeorological Center, the inflow to the Chernorechenskoe reservoir will be 50-75% of the norm, to the Belogorskoe reservoir – 30-50%, to the Simferopol – 20-30% of the norm, to the Partizanskoe reservoir – 20-35% of the norm.
Earlier, 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, a regime supply of water 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 were allocated for its implementation.
On Monday, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that the government will allocate more than 2 billion rubles to Crimea to solve the problem with the peninsula's water supply, and Sevastopol – more than 1 billion rubles.