“Moscow City Hall website: Planned hot water shutdowns from the month of May till the end of August”
Traditionally, Russian cities temporarily shut off hot water service to residences for a week or two during the summer months.
In Russian cities, heat and hot water are provided centrally rather than from individual hot water heaters or furnace units. During the winter months in Russia, hot water is pumped into homes to keep them warm. In warm weather, this service is no longer needed. After the heating service is canceled for the summer months, annual maintenance occurs, during which time hot water will be shut off for a couple of weeks. Sectors of the city will see hot water shut off at different times so that one section of the city will see hot water service resume before another one sees it stopped.
Years go by, technologies evolve, but the hot water outage is something, that the Russians are experiencing for decades.