The Lithuanian Association of Water Suppliers will help the Sumy water supply company with the necessary equipment and materials, and promote the exchange of experience and best practices.
In the course of the full-scale war started by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, in a fairly short period of time, KP “Miskwodokanal” had to adapt to the conditions of martial law and quickly reorient its work to save the lives of employees and provide the city’s residents with water in case of emergencies.
“During the invasion of the Russians, water pipes and collectors were damaged by artillery fire and airstrikes, and a certain amount of pumping equipment failed. Due to a decrease of almost 35% in the implementation of services, the utility company suffered additional losses. Today, the Sumy Vodokanal together with the Association “Ukrvodokanalekologia” uses all available opportunities to draw the attention of the world community to the problems related to the provision of drinking water to Ukrainians during the war. Also, together with foreign colleagues, issues of finding ways to restore networks, modernize water canal facilities, and the possibility of receiving humanitarian aid are being worked out,” said Anatoliy SAGACH, director of KP “Miskvodokanal”.
During the Russian armed aggression, Lithuania became a reliable ally of Ukraine. From the first days of the war, Baltic colleagues studied the experience of Ukrainian water utilities. The beginning of Russian military exercises in the Baltic Sea strengthened the cooperation of the Lithuanian Water Suppliers Association (LVTA) with the Ukrainian association “Ukrvodokanalekologia” and today a model of business cooperation is being developed for the signing of the corresponding Memorandum.
“The Lithuanian Association of Water Suppliers will help the Sumy water supply company with the necessary equipment and materials, and will promote the exchange of experience and best practices. The beginning of cooperation has already been successfully established: working groups have been formed for direct interaction between the Sumy and Vilnius water utilities, and the first online meeting of specialists has been held. The goal is to build long-term cooperation for the period of post-war recovery,” says Anatoliy Sagach.
According to him, coordination of assistance to water utilities of the entire Sumy region takes place through the Sumy Waterworks. The needs for materials, equipment and vehicles of small water utilities in the region have already been provided to Lithuanian colleagues. Vilnius will work directly with the Sumy waterworks, the group of waterworks of the Kretinga district will help other waterworks of the Sumy region.