The Verkhovna Rada has ratified an agreement between the governments of Ukraine and France regarding the official support of a project on supply of drinking water to the city of Mariupol (Donetsk region). An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that a total of 258 lawmakers backed the agreement. According to the Framework Agreement, the French side provides Ukraine with a loan in an amount not exceeding EUR 64 million for the project on supply of drinking water to Mariupol.
The agreement also provides for the development of a master plan for improving the water supply and drainage system of Mariupol until 2040.
According to an explanatory note to the bill on ratification, the project will include the construction and launch of modern filtering stations in Mariupol, as well as the modernization of the existing centralized water supply pipelines and drainage system to reduce the consumption of drinking water and discharge of sewage into the environment.
Kyiv has enough liquid chlorine for disinfection of drinking water and Ukraine is considering options to replace this solution, Director General of OJSC Kyivvodokanal Dmytro Novytsky has said. “Today Kyiv has enough liquid chlorine which Kyivvodokanal uses for disinfection of drinking water,” the press service of Kyivvodokanal quoted Novytsky as saying. The company also said that Ukraine is considering various alternative methods of drinking water disinfection in order to replace liquid chlorine. Several options are being studied to replace it with modern safe solutions, including low concentration sodium hypochlorite, mixed oxidizing agents or chlorine dioxide.
As reported, in the middle of June, Dniproazot, which is a producer of liquid chlorine used by water services companies to disinfect drinking water, warned that it was stopping supplies and stopping the production of liquid chlorine. A complicated situation arose at Ukraine’s enterprises involved in the disinfection of drinking water. Some enterprises have chlorine reserves from a week to 20 days.
In turn, Kyivvodokanal warned that problems with drinking water disinfection could occur due to the cessation of supplies and production of liquid chlorine by Dniproazot.