This summer, the 265,000 citizens of Zhytomyr were at the brink of being left without water, since the city’s water artery – the Teteriv River – dried up due to lack of precipitation (no rains and snowless winter).
Zhytomyr receives water from the Teteriv River, on which two reservoirs are located. The upper Denishovske flows into the lower Vidsichne, and it is from the latter that the water canal takes water. For the first time in the history of observations and their fixation there is such a low water level in both reservoirs due to lack of precipitation and quite warm the autumn-winter period.
Water has been rationed to keep consumption as low as possible, but as the inhabitants also suffer from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and an increased need for functioning water and sanitation, something had to be done to mitigate the situation.
The Foundation is happy to be able to support the citizens of Zhytomyr in their efforts to secure their precious water reserves, well aware that the solution may not be sustainable in the long-term due to the challenges of climate change.