In the beginning of 2019, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (MTOT) Vadym Chernysh and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France to Ukraine, Mrs. Isabelle Dumont, signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on the official support from France regarding the project on supply of drinking water with the participation of the Mariupol City Council.
Subsequently, the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (MTOT) presented the investment project "Modernization of the water supply system in Mariupol", where the first joint step towards solving the water supply problem in Mariupol was the signing of a Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of France regarding the official support of the project on supply of drinking water to Mariupol.
Taking into consideration that Mariupol is at the end of the unified water supply chain passing through the Government controlled and non-Government controlled areas of Donetsk Oblast, with a total length of 263 kilometres, the supply of water does not always meet the best quality standards. Solving the issue of one of the largest cities in Donetsk Oblast concerning provision with high-quality water supply has become a strategic and common direction for Ukraine, France and local authorities of Mariupol.
As previously reported, it is a pilot project for Ukraine, for the period of 4 years. It is intended to solve the issues of using an additional source of water supply, minimize water loss and improve its quality. As a result, a half-million community of the city will be provided with safe and high-quality water.
MTOT and the Mariupol City Council held a series of consultations with experts authorized to realize the project from the Government of France. In particular for the construction of a plant for the purification and disinfection of water using modern technologies, the further steps should be:
1. Introduce amendments to the State budget and determine a body responsible at the highest level for the realization of the project in Mariupol among the central authorities.
2. Sign contracts and financial agreements between all Parties in Ukraine and France to start the project.
In addition, in frames of the project, the construction of a plant for the production of drinking water, using French technology is presupposed, as well as the modernization of the associated infrastructure of Mariupol. Taking into account the issue of water pool resources usage, the project also provides for the development of the General Plan on the improvement of the water supply and sewage system of the city by 2040.