Parts of Bulgarian capital city Sofia will be without hot water for periods ranging from just more than two weeks to up to two months, because the heating utility is replacing more than 32km of piping.
The Lozenets and Geo Milev residential areas will have to go the longest without hot water. Repairs are scheduled to begin on August 1 and continue to the end of September.
In part of Lozenets, some areas will have no water from July 18 to August 26, while others will be cut off from early August to September 26, according to public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television.
Replacement of pipes and other repairs are to be done at the Iztok and Sofia thermal power plants. For this reason, all eastern parts of the city will have no hot water from the beginning to the middle of August, and the central parts ofSofiafrom the middle to the end of August.
Residents were advised not to leave taps turned on during repairs because this would mean meters would run and they would be charged for water they had not used.
The repairs are to cost about 14 million leva (about seven million euro) and the new pipeline is expected to last about 30 years.
Further information about repair schedules is available, in Bulgarian only, on the website of Toplofikatsiya Sofia.
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