Due to the non-payment of the water supply by certain areas of Luhansk region more than half a million people, with strong majority residing on the territory beyond Ukraine’s control, may be cut off the water supply, reported by the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs.
“Such a situation lasts for three years already – the payments for water supply to the territory beyond Ukraine’s control are being failed systematically. Consequently the debt for electricity consumed by the water supplying company Popasnyansky regional water services company reached 4.5 million dollars. This puts the company under the threat of bankruptcy, which may result in a complete abortion of water supply to the territories both beyond and under the control of Ukraine. This leads to the humanitarian and environmental disaster,” reads the message.
The ministry also notes that Ukraine takes all possible measures to prevent this scenario. Specifically, the water pipes were repaired, the new metering devices were installed, the relevant tariff was applied, etc.
In early October, the ICRC decided to pay bills for October and November, so that people were not left without water, at the same time, Kyiv and representatives of the "republics" had time to negotiate and resolve the issue.
On December 1, the ICRC will not pay for electricity, and 600 thousand residents on both sides of the collision risk being cut off from the water supply.
Thus the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) urged the members of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk to take urgent measures to address the problem on payment of the bills for electricity, which enables water stations in the region to work.