16:49 17.03.2017

Water filtration plant resumes operations, water supplies to Avdiyivka

Water filtration plant resumes operations, water supplies to Avdiyivka

The Donetsk water filtration plant (WFP) has resumed operations and water supplies to Avdiyivka in Donetsk region, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Hennadiy Zubko.

"Starting at 13:50 local time [on Friday, March 17] the WFP began supplying water to the city," Zubko said on his Twitter page on Friday.

Spokesman for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Svyatoslav Tsegolko on his Facebook page on Friday said water would be pumped into the water distribution system of Avdiyivka around 16:00 on Friday.

"The Donetsk WFP is again operating. Around 16:00 water supplies will arrive in Avdiyivka's water distribution system. Water is now filling the city's reservoirs. Head of the Donetsk Regional Administration Pavlo Zherbivsky has reported this to the president," Tsegolko said on his Facebook page.

As earlier reported, on March 14, 2017, electricity transmission lines were damaged and water supplies to Avdiyivka were disrupted as a result of military operations.

On March 16, Zherbivsky reported on the resumption of electricity supplies, saying water supplies would be resumed on March 17.

A joint center for control and coordination of relief efforts received safety guarantees from Ukrainian troops and combined Russian-separatist militant groups, allowing repair works to the water filtration system to be carried out.

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