Yesterday I did a piece on the largest body of water in our known universe, orbiting around a distant black hole and quasar combo!
Well, the people of the Crimean peninsula sure could have used some that precious water. If you recall, they have been living in a water and electricity blockade and just got through a very tough winter. But now spring has sprung, and things are looking up.
Water Blockade Fail
According to the piece by Nikolai Trofimov, Ukraine’s illegal water blockade against Crimea has been a failure. Recall that in 2014 Ukraine cut Crimea off from receiving water from the Dnipro River via the Severo-Krymsky Kanal. This act, plus an unusually arid summer, caused damage to the Chernorechensky Reservoir, which supplies the city of Sebastopol. The ensuing “shallowness” of the reservoir caused a state of emergency to be declared, in 2015, by Crimean Governor Sergei Menyailo.
This problem has slowly ameliorated, mostly due to natural causes. Today the reservoir has accumulated 45.3 million cubo-meters of water. By the end of April it is expected to accumulate 52-53 million cubo-meters. This was announced today at an important meeting of the city Operative HQ by Nikolai Pereguda, who is the Director of the SevGorVodoKanal (“Northern Municipal Water Canal”).
Plans for the future include a project to bring water from the River Kokozka, by carving an underground aqueduct through the mountain.
Energy Blockade Fail
This other piece, also by Nikolai Trofimov, reports that Sebastopol was able to get through the long holiday weekend (culminating in Women’s Day) without any planned electrical outages, rolling blackouts, or even having to switch on diesel generators. This was reported at that same Operative HQ meeting [which Trofimov obviously attended and reported on] by Andrei Demin, the Director of the Department of City Affairs.
“The warm weather allowed us to get through without having to schedule rolling blackouts or turn on the large diesel generators,” Demin reported. In a couple more weeks, by 10 April, the “heating season” for Crimea officially ends.
According to the company “SebastopolEnergo”, the city has a limit of 181 Megawatts. Governor Menyailo has promised to shut off areas of the city, only in an extreme emergency.
The toughest days for the Hero City were in December, when apartment buildings and warming centers were supplied by diesel generators brought in from Moscow.