Seven regions of Crimea faced a lack of drinking water, said the "the Minister of housing and utilities" Sergey Karpov at the meeting of the so-called "Council of Ministers" of the peninsula according to its website.
“There is a total of seven problem areas: Leninsky district, the most problematic in our country, Kerch, Sudak, Bakhchisarai, Feodosiya, the villages Fontany and Stroganovka in Simferopol region, Krasna Gorka and Verhnya Ukrainka near Simferopol,” Karpov said.
He went on saying that the water has to be transferred to the problematic areas.
“The total amount of the transportation is 410-450 cubic meters per day,” told the "Minister".
According to him, the construction of water supply networks and water towers might cost 640 million rubles, but only 53 million can be provided.
In May 2014 Ukraine stopped the supply of water to the occupied peninsula via the North-Crimean channel. The State Agency for Water Resources of Ukraine informed that the Crimea “authorities” had refused to pay for the Dnieper water. The North-Crimean channel provided 85% of the agricultural needs of the peninsula.
Occupiers tried to deal with the issue in different ways and considered the option of field irrigation using sewage, as well as transferring water from the river Salgir. It was also suggested to construct a channel transferring the water from Russia. Soon, however, the "authorities" refused this proposal, as the nearest Kuban region has not enough water for the needs of Crimea.