The Luhansk Energy Union, the local power company, de-energized Petrivska water pump station, which belongs to Popasna water services company; it produces water for those residing in the militant-controlled areas of Luhansk region.
The reason for such decision is the water utility’s debt, which keeps growing. The total debt was amassed due to the debts of the self-styled Luhansk People’s Republic, which piled up constantly: most of the water, produced by the company, was supplied to the non-controlled areas of the region.
In October alone, the water utility paid USD 200,000 of 300,000 for the consumed energy; in November, the company paid only USD 100,000 of 300,000. Over ten months in 2017, the debts made roughly 2 billion dollars, and the company managed to pay approximately 60 percent of the sum.
The UN previously warned that over 750,000 children could remain without drinking water supplies due to the infrastructure damage in Donbas.