20 August 2021

Water project pumps new life into villages in eastern Ukraine

Summer in Mykolaipillia, in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, is hot and dry. For decades, the village has relied on a single well of drinking water. Families like 11-year-old Danylo's were forced to choose between washing, cooking or feeding their animals. Каченята But a new project has changed everything. Today, Danylo has enough to do all of these…, An essential supply, After the old water tower in Mykolaipillia collapsed in the 1960s, water utilities fell into disrepair. There was not enough pressure for the water to reach taps and wells, and the outbreak of military conflict in 2014 further damaged supply lines. The only source of water in Mykolaipillia was the village well, where long queues of people carrying…, For years to come, With the help of the German Government, UNICEF and its partner have built a new water tower in the village. “The volume of the new water tower is 25 cubic meters," says the project coordinator Dmytro Poloskov. “It will ensure good water pressure. We also provided 1.8 kilometers of pipeline, reinforced concrete rings and intake valves. After the…, Transforming lives, The village of Poltavka is less than 15 kilometers from Mykolaipillia. Until recently, its 400 residents also had the same problems with their water supply. The old water tower did not pump water into homes and water networks had not been repaired for decades. Inna had to travel to another village to buy drinking water for herself, her husband and…