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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kazan Water Shut Off for a Day

Some 900,000 of Kazan's 1.1 million residents spent Saturday without any water as the Tatar capital made repairs to its central pumping station.

City officials said residents had been warned well ahead of the repairs and many chose to spend the weekend at their dachas. Those who stayed behind filled their baths before their taps ran dry.

The pumping station that was repaired dated back to the 1930s and had not been overhauled in at least 30 years. "It was maintained from time to time, but this is more significant," Murat Amiyev, first deputy head of Kazan's communal services, said Saturday by telephone. "We have to change four large diameter side-valves, repair some pumps and fix some connections."

His department and several other municipal departments were mobilized to assist the dry city, and some entrepreneurs helped deliver water.

Water started returning to residents' pipes Sunday morning, and the entire city was to be back online Sunday night.