N. RUSSIA - Pipeline Rupture Leaves Half of City Without Water

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Title: Pipeline Rupture Leaves Half of Arkhangelsk Without Water

Story Filed: Monday, May 01, 2000 10:01 AM EST

ARKHANGELSK, May 1 (Itar-Tass) - A water pipeline rupture left half of Arkhangelsk, a major industrial city in northern Russia, without drinking water on Monday.

The pipeline, one metre in diametre, burst in the centre of the city at the intersection of Lomonosov Avenue and Svoboda Street. Repairmen are working to fix the rupture. Meanwhile, drinking water is being delivered to residential quarters in tanks. Repairs are expected to be finished by the end of the day.

Ruptures on the seven-kilometre water pipeline in the city occur several times a year. The last one was in March.

Vladimir Rudakov, the head of the city Vodokanal water supplying enterprise, attributed them to the defected pig-iron pipes laid 25 years ago which rupture when pressure is increased in the system.

There are plans to build a new water pipeline but the city budget has no money to finance the project.

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