Kakhovka hydro plant reservoir water level drops after dam is damaged

9 March, 11:27 PM
Kakhovka HPP was seized by the occupiers in the first days of the Russian invasion (Photo:uhe.gov.ua)

Kakhovka HPP was seized by the occupiers in the first days of the Russian invasion (Photo:uhe.gov.ua)

After Russian troops damaged the dam of Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant in Kherson Oblast, water level in the reservoir has dropped significantly, Dnipropetrovsk regional governor Serhiy Lysak said in a Telegram post on March 9.

The governor held a meeting with local community leaders, administration officials, and representatives of utility companies to discuss looming problems with water supply.

"The dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant was damaged by the enemy," he wrote.

“The reservoir is now shallow. We managed to raise and maintain the water level in the Kakhovka (Reservoir) with titanic efforts. It is critically important for the residents of Kryvyi Rih and Nikopol districts.”

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According to Lysak, the meeting managed to find technical solutions to the problem, with exact plans being drawn up. He noted they will include modernization and upgrading of existing hydro engineering facilities.

"We want it to work smoothly under martial law and consume less electricity, and to be able to use it in peacetime, after our victory," the governor added.

Earlier, Lysak said that Russians were attacking the Kakhovka Reservoir with artillery, trying to deprive locals of stable water supply.

Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said that the rapid decline in the water level in the Kakhovka Reservoir could worsen the security situation at the Zaporizhzhya NPP and disrupt the supply of drinking water to Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson oblasts.

In mid-February, satellite images appeared confirming that the Russians had opened the floodgates at the seized Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, causing the water level to drop by two meters, the lowest in 30 years.

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