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Luhansk power company cuts local water pump station off grid
22:41, 5 December 2017
Luhansk power company cuts local water pump station off grid

90 percent of the water produced by the local water services company goes to militant-held areas

22:41, 5 December 2017

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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.

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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.

In 2016, Ukraine paid $107 thousand for water supply to occupied Luhansk.

The UN previously warned that over 750,000 children could remain without drinking water supplies due to the infrastructure damage in Donbas.

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