MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke about handling the problem with water in Minsk as he met with top officials and executives of Minsk Oblast on 26 June. An extract from the president's speech was broadcast on the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.
The head of state noted that he had kept an eye on the situation, overseeing the work of the officials and services. He also spoke about preliminary assumptions about the reasons behind the deterioration of the quality of water in some districts of Minsk. “The workers were replacing the waterways. Those three pipes are one meter in diameter. They replaced the last 100m, but there still remained water in the previous stretch of the pipe. Why did not they clean or remove it from the waterways? This is preliminary, the investigation is still underway. So they pumped that water into the waterways. Then they saw that the water was not pure, stagnant and started to clean it with reagents. They added too much of them and, as a result, that stinking water reached apartments,” the president explained.
“I told Minsk officials: you will have to drink this water and use it for cooking yourselves,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
According to the president, he was assured that the problem would be solved quickly, literally by the following morning. “Indeed, in the morning [of 26 June], I phoned [Minsk Mayor] Anatoly Sivak and he told me that there were just one kindergarten and one hospital left, that they were washing out and cleaning,” the head of state noted.
“The point I am trying to make is as follows: a dictatorship is bad, but when an enormous problem is solved overnight, a dictatorship is good. What does dictatorship have to do with this? It is all about responsibility! Things happen. God willing, there will be no graver problems. However, things could be worse, like this pandemic and so on. Then we should come together, pool our efforts, and solve this problem. Especially in Belarus. We do not have petrodollars, we cannot throw money at this. This is why performance discipline, order, and responsibility are the most important things,” the Belarusian leader believes.