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Ukrainian City Turns Off Water To Help Pay Electric Bills

UZHGOROD, Ukraine -- The Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod is facing serious reductions of its water supply, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The water to the city is switched off for several hours every day.

City resident Svitlana told RFE/RL that officials of the city's major water provider, Vodokanal, told her they have to switch off the water supply to save electricity -- as the officials said Vodokanal owes significant amounts of money to the local electricity provider.

Sanitary Control Department officials say Uzhgorod's schools and kindergartens might be temporarily closed unless the situation is resolved soon.