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WASH Cluster Incident Report №108, 30/01/2018

ELECTRICITY COMPANY LEO AGAIN CUTS PETROVSKYI PUMPS

On 30th January 2018 at 11am (Kiev Time) LEO, the main electricity company supplying Government Controlled Areas (GCA) of Luhansk Oblast, cut off power to Petrovskyi water intake in Government Controlled Areas (GCA) of Luhansk oblast, due to non-payment of historic debts.

Petrovskyi water intake belongs to the Popasnyanskyi Vodakanal (PVK), the main water supplier to NGCA Luhansk oblast via several water systems, as well as some GCA areas. Petrovskyi intake serves two settlements in GCA Artema and Nyznhoteple and several settlements in NGCA, mainly Luhansk city pumping 450 cubic meters per hour. The overall number of people served is officially around 150, 000 people (pre-conflict number supplied by PVK) of the estimated 350,000 people in Luhansk city. However, it should be noted that in 2018 Petrovskyi actually only supplies around 10% of the water needs of Luhansk city, as alternative sources (albeit of questionable sustainability and quality) have been opened.  Water from Petrovskyi is diluted with other water sources to improve the overall water quality.

The most affected settlements are villages on the NGCA side, north of Luhansk city, which will now need alternative supplies:  Obozne, Pryvitne, Stukalova Balka and Metallist (total population around 5, 000 people according to pre-conflict data). In case of water interruptions, Luhanskvoda from NGCA side organized water to be pumped in reverse from Luhansk city, and in the end only Pryvitne from NGCA side had difficulties in accessing trucked water.

Only on 26th January 2018 water supply resumed from Petrovskyi water intake following the previous stoppage. Water supply had been stopped since 5 December 2017 for the same reasons. At that time, LEO stated that they restarted electricity supply so that people would not be cut from heat during the colder months. However, today electricity has been cut off again, once again potentially affecting centralised heating systems.

PVK almost cleared its electricity debts since August 2016, thanks to payments made by DNZ (a company established following negotiations in Minsk, to enable payments of water bills from Non-Government Controlled Areas). However, historic debts remain from before August 2016.

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30 Jan 2018
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Situation Report