ArcelorMittal opens new water pipeline, provides relief to Kryvyi Rih amid water shortages
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ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih has built a new water main, which partially solves the water problem in the city after the Russian terrorist attack on the Kakhovka dam, reported the plant's corporate newspaper.

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A water pipeline with a capacity of about 3,000 cubic meters per hour will allow the taking of water from the Inhulets River and filling the Southern Reservoir.

The enterprise ensured the reverse transfer of water through its own water supply networks, built a new pumping station and five kilometers of pipeline. Thanks to this project, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih completely covers its water needs, and the needs of the population of Kryvyi Rih by 30%.

"Based on the current market situation, the level of production will remain unchanged for now, but the new water supply system gives us every chance to increase the production of the main types of products," said Mauro Longobardo, CEO of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih.

The construction of the waterworks lasted for 20 days around the clock, the work was carried out by the employees of the steel plant and contractors — the Ukrainian Mining and Metallurgical Company and the construction company Olvia.

The construction of a new main using the existing water supply system is one of four projects implemented in Kryvyi Rih to solve water supply problems after the Kakhovka HPP was blown up. The plant participates in another project to provide the city with water — the transfer of water from the Kresiv Reservoir on the Saksahan River — which is implemented with the funds of the regional and city budgets.

Also, the main water pipeline Karachunivske Reservoir – Kryvyi Rih – Southern Reservoir is being built from scratch.

On June 6, 2023, the Russian occupiers blew up the Kakhovka dam, as a result of which dozens of settlements were flooded, some of which are located in the temporarily occupied territory.

The European Parliament recognized the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP as a Russian war crime.

The New York Times stated that the Kakhovka HPP dam was destroyed by an explosion from the inside after explosives were planted in a tunnel at the base of the structure.