The Russian government has allocated 4.95 billion rubles ($ 65 million) to provide water supply in Crimea. The corresponding order was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the press service of the Russian government reports.
"The Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol will receive 4.95 billion rubles for the creation of new water supply facilities," the message says.
The Russian Federation will allocate funds for the construction of water intake on the Belbek River with treatment engineering facilities, as well as for infrastructure for the transfer of water from the Kadykovsky quarry.
In addition, Russia intends to allocate $ 11 million for capital repairs of water pipelines and the development of additional wells.
Earlier it became known that reservoirs in Crimea were shallow as a result of drought. So, in Simferopol, in Bakhchysarai, and Simferopol regions, severe restrictions on water consumption were introduced.
In Crimea, annexed by Russia, five rivers, supplying fresh water to reservoirs for drinking water on the peninsula, dried up as a whole. We are talking about the rivers Kacha, Alma, Chernaya, Belbek, Tonas, which were dehydrated due to low rainfall over the past three months.
Ukraine provided up to 85% of Crimea's needs for freshwater through the North Crimean Canal, which connects the main channel of the Dnipro with the peninsula. After the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, the supply of water to Crimea was stopped.