"Stopping the turn-offs of hot water supply in the summer would be too expensive for Russia," Analytical Center expert Dmitry Khomchenko told TASS Audio.
Turning off hot water in the summer is a purely Russian tradition
The analyst noted that shutting off hot water supply in the summer really is a purely Russian tradition. "It goes without saying that pipes need changing, but if it were possible to take one main off-line while directing hot water down an alternative route, to keep apartments supplied with hot water, we would be able to do away with the hot water supply turnoffs," Mr. Khomchenko believes. According to the expert, the solution would be to loop hot water mains, so then when one main is taken down for maintenance, hot water can still be supplied down the other section of the circular water main system, meaning there would be no need to turn off hot water supply in the summer. "But reorganizing the system of water mains like that would require a lot of additional expenses, in fact, maintenance costs could double, in the best case scenario they would go up by a third on top of what it costs to build a complete new main pipe," Mr. Khomchenko said.
Source: TASS Audio