Mariupol to have high-quality water: Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratifies an agreement for support of the water supply project

25 April 2019, 14:37
Society, Housing and Utilities Infrastructure

Today, April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted a draft law on the ratification of the Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the French Republic regarding official support for the project on drinking water supply in Mariupol. 258 deputies voted for the document number 0218.

‘For Mariupol, this is one more victory. Step by step we go to the goal - quality water supply of the city. We went through the bureaucratic part. The project implementation is ahead. We can already say with confidence that in 3-4 years we will have solved the problem of water supply, which will soon celebrate ‘anniversary’ - 100 years’,
Mayor Vadim Boichenko commented on the ratification.

This project was made possible by the personal involvement of Vadim Boichenko and the support of the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the French Republic. The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont played a special role.

According to the document, France will provide loan funds in the amount of EUR 64 million, which will ‘cover’ 100% of the project. The loan also includes EUR 1.2 million to finance project management assistance. Implementation will take place in several stages. The first it  includes design and survey work and planning. Its goal is to minimize the environmental impact of the water supply system and optimize the integration of the drinking water plant into the current system. After that, the implementation will be able to go to its main stage. It includes the construction of a plant for the production of drinking water and the organization of water intake.

The problem of water supply in the city is quite acute. The reason for this is the deterioration of engineering networks and the armed conflict, as a result of which problems with water supply from the main source that feeds the city, Severskiy Donets, have repeatedly arisen. Since 2016, Mayor Vadim Boichenko was actively engaged in solving this problem. The Mayor has repeatedly discussed the issue of water supply in Mariupol at meetings with international partners. Due to what it was possible to reach the solution of the sore problem.