No drinking water in Tskhinvali

There is no drinking water at all in the capital city of the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali Mayor Robert Guliyev said on Tuesday.

He said they had received water by mains with disruptions in the past month but the city water intake was empty at the moment.

"Water deliveries to Tskhinvali critically reduced in early July. A team of military observers, Georgian and Ossetian experts registered illegal connections to water mains in Georgian villages on July 26. The Georgian villages are now consuming 90% of water," he said.

"The city administration will continue to supply drinking water by trucks," the mayor said.

He warned city residents against visiting water wells outside the city limits. "Water wells have been sporadically put under gunfire," he said.

The mayor announced the drinking water emergency last Sunday.

He put the blame on illegal connections to the Edis-Tskhinvali water mains on Georgian territories, the South Ossetian Information and Press Committee website said.

A joint inspection team of the combined peacekeeping force, the OSCE, Georgian and Ossetian experts exposed 61 illegal connections to the water mains, Guliyev said.

"Therefore, only 25% of the necessary amount of water reaches Tskhinvali. This is not enough even for limited deliveries of water to residential areas – the entire supply stays within water mains. Drinking water is delivered by trucks," he said.

[Source: Itar Tass, Tskhinvali, 05Aug08]

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