MORE THAN USD 170 MILLION IS NEEDED FOR PRIORITY UPGRADE OF WATER SUPPLY NETWORKS OF CE "WATER OF DONBAS"
Report "Risk Assessment of the water supply system of the Communal Enterprise "Water of Donbas"" reads the aforementioned; it was presented by UNICEF and the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
CE "Water of Donbas" provides drinking water up to 3.7 million people in the East of Ukraine. This company is the only communal water supplier in Donetsk oblast.
The report describes in detail the main risks in the work of the enterprise, which may significantly affect the supply of drinking water to the region.
Among them are a worn-out water supply system, lack of proper technical maintenance of water supply networks, combat operations in close proximity to water supply facilities, a critical decrease in the company's financial performance due to lower living standards of local residents, who are adversely affected by the Russian armed aggression near the contact line and cannot fully pay for water supply services.
The Government of Ukraine ensures repairs of the water supply network, however, taking into account the current state, the issue can be solved only at the expense of investment funds of Ukraine's international partners, emphasize the authors of the report.
It states that to implement only priority technical measures aimed at optimizing the power supply equipment, procurement of critically needed equipment, which is required for further water supply, will require up to USD 68.6 million for areas of combat operations and up to USD 101 million for areas where no combat operations are taking place.
"The Ministry for Reintegration of TOT is aware of the need for rapid response for recovery and development of the full operation of the enterprise, including by involving Ukraine's international partners in such work. This report will be used by the executive authorities as a basis for preparing comprehensive measures aimed at providing residents of Donetsk oblast with quality drinking water," noted Davyd Makarian, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
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