The North Crimean Canal in the Armyansk area began to fill with water after the dam was blown up, which was built in Ukraine in 2014 to stop the peninsula’s water supply. This was announced by the adviser to the head of Crimea Oleg Kryuchkov.
“This is a gravity flow of water, which was located in a part of the channel above the recently blown up dam. This water has reached Crimea,” he announced.
According to him, the work on the survey of the channel bed and the preparation of hydraulic nodes continues. Water supply to Crimea will begin after their full completion.
Last Thursday, the Russian military reached Kherson, which made it possible to unblock the North Crimean Canal. Two days later, the forces of the Ministry of Defense eliminated the concrete dam. The ministry stressed that specialists have already begun work on cleaning the channel and restoring the infrastructure of the hydraulic structures of the canal.
Previously, Ukraine provided up to 85 per cent of Crimea’s fresh water needs through the North Crimean Canal running from the Dnepr. However, after the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the water supply through the canal to the republic completely stopped unilaterally.
The issue was solved due to extraction from underground sources and reservoirs of a natural filling, in some areas of the republic, a regime supply to houses was introduced, the water supply of Simferopol was reoriented to artesian sources. About 50 billion rubles were allocated to solve the problem. According to the calculations of the working group, the preliminary amount of damage caused by the water blockade is 1.47 trillion rubles.
Source: RIA Novosti