Russian Defense Ministry starts to supply artesian water to Crimea

Pipeline battalion units of the Western Military District logistics brigade have assembled a five-kilometer pipeline and started the delivery of artesian drinking water to the town of Stary Krym.

Pipeline battalion units of the Western Military District logistics brigade have assembled a five-kilometer pipeline and started the delivery of artesian drinking water to the town of Stary Krym.

"The pipeline supplies about 2,000 cubic meters of water daily," says a report posted by the Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department and seen by Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

"Extensions are being built from the pipeline to other towns and populated areas," it said. "In all, the peninsula will have over 125 kilometers of trunk pipelines with the daily capacity exceeding 9,000 cubic meters."

Ukraine significantly reduced the water supply to Crimea by the North Crimean Canal in early April. The water supply came to a complete halt later on.

The irrigation and water supply North Crimean Canal was built in 1961-1971 to water drought-ridden areas of the Kherson and Crimean regions with Dnieper River water taken from the Kakhovskoye water reservoir.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu assigned the logistics units to deliver freshwater to southeastern Crimea in early May.

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