The first in Russia seawater desalination station will be built in Crimea to supply water to Simferopol and the Simferopol region, said the head of the republic Sergey Aksenov.
“This desalination plant will be built in the Nikolaevka village, on the seashore, 30 km from Simferopol. I would like to note that no one has ever implemented such projects in Russia,” the press service of the head of the republic quotes Aksenov as saying. According to him, President Vladimir Putin gave the relevant instructions to the government.
In addition, Aksenov announced in the near future the drilling of three wells to supply water to the capital of Crimea. “These sources will make it possible to supply up to 10,000 cubic meters of water per day to Simferopol at this stage, and in the future, up to 40,000 cubic meters of water can be obtained from three water intakes,” explained Aksenov. In addition to the wells, the issue of construction of treatment facilities on the Salgir River near the village of Ukromnoye for water intake for the needs of Simferopol will be considered.
On August 24, in Simferopol and another 39 adjacent settlements, a stage-by-stage water supply limitation began due to the shallowing of natural reservoirs. From September 7, residents of a number of Crimean districts began to receive water only for two hours, in the morning and in the evening – before the start of the working day and after it. On September 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the interim governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, promised to send funds for the overhaul of water supply networks in the region.
Until 2014, up to 85% of fresh water was supplied to the needs of Crimea from Ukraine via the North Crimean Canal. After the annexation of the peninsula to Russia, Kiev blocked the canal, water supply began to be carried out exclusively by internal reserves: by drilling new wells and using existing reservoirs. Against the background of the situation with a shortage of fresh water in Crimea in the summer-autumn of 2020, the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights under the President of the Russian Federation appealed to the UN and the Council of Europe.