France has allocated €64 million on the provision of Mariupol with potable water

Франция выделила €64 млн на обеспечение Мариуполя питьевой водой

According to the agreement between the governments of Ukraine and France, 70% of the goods and services for project implementation provision of Mariupol, Donetsk region drinking water will be purchased from the French side, said in Mariupol city Council.

29 January, Ukraine signed a framework intergovernmental agreement with France on the financial support of the project on drinking water supply of Mariupol, Donetsk region. This was reported on the website of Mariupol city Council.

The agreement stipulates that the French government will allocate €64 million This amount will cover 100% of the project. 70% will be purchased goods and services from the French side, 30% – Ukrainian or foreign. The loan also includes €1.2 million in funding assistance for project management.

The Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons Vadim Chernysh noted that such terms of credit are specific. The interest rate will be 0.08% per annum, and a grace period of 10 years.

The project aims to address the issue of use of alternative source of water supply, to minimize water losses and improve its quality. It provides for the construction of filtering stations, water intakes and upgrade the outdated network.

As a result of military actions in the region were damaged the main canal of the city water supply. Now the water gets backed Mariupol Stary reservoir water quality which does not meet the standards. More than three years, residents receive poor-quality water, the price is much higher than average Ukrainian indicators. It is planned that the problem of water supply of Mariupol will be resolved within three to four years, said the press service.

The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in April 2014. Fighting underway between the Armed forces of Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In November last year, the head of the Donetsk military-civil administration Pavlo zhebrivskyi reported that construction of new infrastructure of Donbass need more than $20 billion.

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