In the houses of Simferopol, the water running from taps has a suspicious odor and taste. Citizens complain about the fact in social networks.
According to them, the water has become unsuitable for drinking.
So, Olga Kondrasheva, a resident of Simferopol, writes that water smells like mold.
According to her, it is impossible to drink either boiled or filtered water from the water supply system.
The State Unitary Enterprise "Water of Crimea" controlled by the occupiers, which is responsible for the water supply of Simferopol, told the Primechaniya publication that they had not received complaints about the quality of water. The "officials" called such messages in social networks "Internet stuffing."
Crimeans began to experience water shortages after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Before the occupation of the peninsula, Ukraine provided about 85% of the Crimean residents' demand for fresh water through the North-Crimean Canal, through which the Dnieper water reached the Peninsula. In 2014, the supply of water from the Dnieper was blocked with the gateway.
Without Dnieper water, the irrigated agriculture of the Crimea suffered tremendous damage. If, before the annexation, the area of irrigated land was 140 thousand hectares, then after 2014 it was reduced to 17 thousand hectares.
Due to drought in the summer of 2018, the Bilohirsk reservoir shallowed, and the grass began to cover once one of the largest reservoirs of the peninsula.
Problems with fresh water were aggravated after Russian President Vladimir Putin allowed the participants of the "free economic zone" to extract groundwater in Crimea.
Boris Babin, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, noted that Russia could resort to the forceful seizure of the North-Crimean Canal. According to him, "this is a great threat."