Experts of General Directorate of State Extradepartmental Expertise under the State Building Committee of Russia Glavgosexpertiza checked the accuracy of the estimated construction of sections of the water supply tract in the eastern part of Crimea, the press service of the Glavgosexpertiza of Russia reported.
The water conduit would extend from the North-Crimean Canal to Feodosia and Kerch. The work would be carried out in several stages.
The occupation authorities intend to build a tract within the framework of the implementation of the federal target program "Social and economic development of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol until 2020".
“Putting the tract into operation will ensure uninterrupted water supply to the eastern Crimea and remove infrastructural restrictions, as well as have a positive effect on the sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population,” Glavgosexpertiza said.
It is about the construction of two sections of the water conduit in the areas of the villages of Oktyabrskoye and Vladislavovka, 47 and 12 kilometers long.
The project also includes the construction of a central point for the services of the operating organization, repair and maintenance base, warehouses, a central dispatch center, engineering infrastructure and an express laboratory, as well as access roads.
The Glavgosexpertiza of Russia further noted that the total length of the tract will be 163 kilometers and it will be put into operation for 30 years.
It should be noted that the construction of the water supply tract began on October 1, 2016. The first stage of work was worth 4 billion rubles. At the same time, the second phase of construction is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Following the annexation of the Crimea, Ukraine cut off the water supply to the peninsula via the North-Crimean Canal, which provided up to 85% of the needs of the Crimea for fresh water. The situation with water supply of individual cities is critical, as well as with the organization of irrigation and watering on agricultural land on the peninsula.
After visiting the occupied Crimea, the Russian scientists at St. Petersburg Mining University developed a program that would help overcome the water shortage threshold in the region. Scientists have proposed an increase in water withdrawal from wells. Another way to overcome water shortages in the Crimea was to deploy networks of facilities for desalinating seawater. However, according to the scientists, in this case water tariffs will increase 4.5 times.
Earlier, Chairman of the State Committee for Water Management and Land Reclamation of RC, Igor Vail, stated that it is impossible to solve the problem of drinking water on the peninsula with the help of desalination of sea water, as this method is not affordable for the local budget.