Replacement of the old water supply system in Kamenyuki, 2007 - 2009

Events, facts, documents and evidence: The inhabitants of the village of Kamenyuki, the administrative center of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, used to complain about the poor quality of the water supplied to their homes. The water had a higher-than-normal iron content. Installation of special filters at the pumping station did little to solve the problem. In particular, temporary cut-offs of water supply were followed by thick rust flowing out of water taps. The local housing and utility maintenance officials said it was caused by rusty old water pipes. Indeed, pipe bursts and leakages had become a common occurrence in the village, especially during the heating period (fall, winter and spring). Constant repairs and patches provided only a temporary remedy.

A modernization and overhaul of the water supply and heating networks in the area were part of the plan of preparation for the 600th anniversary of nature protection in Belovezhskaya Pushcha protection. The hot water and heating pipes were completely replaced in 2007-2009. The cold water pipes were left in place, although these should have been replaced, too.

The shots below show the pipe replacement work at full steam.

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(August 27, 2008)

The plantations in the area were preserved during digging work, except for those cases where trees had been planted close to the water supply line and their roots had to be removed for the work to proceed.
The workers had to saw away and stub four large maple trees near the kindergarten to clear the way for further work.

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(August 27, 2008)

A birch-tree was damaged during trenching.

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(May 24, 2009)

These shots show final operations and repair of damage.

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(July 1, 2009)