A decade ago, an ambitious and expensive project started in the town of Slantsy in the Leningrad region: The construction of a water-treating facilities complex, which was intended to supply the settlement with drinking water drained from an abandoned shale mine. But after twelve years, the system is not operational and its maintenance requires more and more government money.
In 2000 the government of the Leningrad region supported an experimental idea of specialists from “Leningradslanets” enterprise and state-run “Inzhenerny tsentr “Vodokanal” (“The Engineering Centre “Vodokanal”). The Water was to be drained from the abandoned Kirov mine, and instead of dumping it into the environment’s water system, they would purify it and use it for the water supply of the town and villages nearby.
The experiment, which cost the federal budget 200 million rubles, seems to be unsuccessful: After being filtered, the water does not comply to ecological regulations, and the expensive construction is hard on Slantsy’s settlement balance. Till federal authorities allocate funds, nobody cares to finish the project in the right way.
Reporter Svetlana Shishkina investigated whether all the efforts have gone down the drain. Her three stories were published in October 2012 in the newspaper “Znamya truda”.
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