On June 6, the Russian Federation carried out a terrorist attack of the hydroelectric facility in Nova Kakhovka, by blowing up the dam and releasing an alarming 18 cubic kilometers of water. This devastating act resulted in the flooding of numerous cities and villages, impacting the lives of thousands of people. It is important to note that prior to this incident, the hydroelectric facility housed the largest reservoir in Europe, making the destruction even more significant.
As a consequence of this catastrophic event, the southern part of Kherson oblast and northern Crimea have experienced a severe reduction in their freshwater supply. Astonishingly, official reports indicate that the Kakhovka reservoir has witnessed a shocking loss of more than 72 percent of its previous water storage capacity.
The dire situation has had a particularly adverse effect on hundreds of villages in the Donetsk region, as well as major cities such as Nikopol, Kherson, and Kryvyi Rih. These areas are now facing a critical shortage of safe drinking water, posing a significant threat to the health and wellbeing of their residents.
The House of Ukraine has taken proactive steps to address this crisis. We have partnered with Sawyer, a manufacturer of water filters, to source filters that can be attached to 5-gallon buckets and other large receptacles. These innovative systems have proven to be highly effective in providing safe drinking water in Ukraine, thus saving lives.
You can make a tangible impact and improve the lives of affected families, by helping the House of Ukraine to acquire these affordable and long-lasting water filters.