This summer, the occupant government of Crimea plans to start drilling the holes in the Sea of Azov to produce supplies of fresh water; as is known, the peninsula suffers from drought and the lack of drinking water. Interfax news agency reported that with the reference to Marat Khusnullin, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister.
"We're exploring [the waters] in full swing. We drilled a hole on the sandspit, we found some water on the it from the coast. So far, it's on the top margin of saltiness. But process waters can be there, definitely", the official told reporters.
According to the estimates of the occupant government, there are supplies of fresh water in the Sea of Azov in the amount from 0.5 to 1.2 billion cubic meters. This should be enough to supply the population of Crimea on the annual basis.
In early March, about a dozen water storages in the annexed Crimea went dry, two of them - Simferopolske and Zahorske are completely exhausted. The latter was a source of drinking water for Yalta and Bakhchisaray district for years.