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Hungary sends 3 tons of chlorine to Zakarpattia

Hungary is also ready to provide 15 tons of chlorine, which is enough for uninterrupted operation of 18 enterprises of the water utility within a month and a half
11:20, 25 July 2018

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Hungary’s Government sent three tons of liquid chlorine for drinking water disinfection to Zakarpattia region as a humanitarian aid. The website of Zakarpattia Region State Administration reported.

Yesterday, on July 24 a truck with liquid chlorine arrived at the international checkpoint Tisza on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border accompanied by József Buhajla, Hungary’s Consul General in Uzhgorod. Zakarpattia’s Governor Hennadiy Moskal himself accepted the cargo.

Moskal stated that he asked Hungary for help right after a critical situation with the chlorine supply in Ukraine emerged.

“And we heard an affirmative answer right away. Today, three tons of chlorine arrived in Zakarpattia for Uzhgorod water utility. We will spread this strategically important substance throughout the regions depending on the need,” Zakarpattia’s Governor stated.

Related: Situation with supply of chlorine in Ukraine stabilized

Moskal also stressed that Hungary was ready to provide 15 tons of chlorine, which is enough for uninterrupted operation of 18 enterprises of the water utility within a month and a half.

“We understand clearly what the absence of this substance at the enterprises can lead to, so we could not refuse to help,” Buhajla said.

He emphasized that Hungary’s aid concerns all the region’s residents regardless of their nationality. Buhajla also added that their government will continue providing various humanitarian aid for the region.

As we reported the Security Service of Ukraine began the check of the actions of the "Dniroazot" officials that led to the creation of the liquid chlorine deficit, the main reagent for the continued provision of the drinking water for the population.

Related: SBU starts check of Dniproazot due to chlorine collapse

As it was reported earlier, the stocks of the liquid chlorine in Kyiv are running extremely low; the lack of the substance used for cleansing of the water may result in the situation where the residents may be left without supplies of drinking water.

Previously, Ukrainian water companies faced a tough situation with the disinfection of water supplies, since Dniproazot company, the manufacturer of liquid chlorine announced that it would stop production of the substance and, thus, stop the supplies. Due to the fact, some water pipeline companies have enough chlorine for up to no more than 20 days.    

In spite of the fact that the government already reached the agreement with Dniproazot, the production still has not been restored so far. 

Related: Chloride collapse: Why Ukraine could be left without drinking water

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