A stationary concrete dam was built on the border of mainland Ukraine with the occupied peninsula. Saved water from the Kakhovka water reservoir would irrigate the lands of the south of the Kherson region, Censor.NET reports siting TSN.
Before the new dam was constructed, the closest dam to the administrative borders was situated dozens kilometers away. If the canal had been blocked there, the south farms would have been threatened by drought. Therefore, a temporary solution was to put water under less pressure, and farmers themselves built a dam of sandbags. Now the new dam will allow to grow rice and wheat in the area.
"Now we feel confident about the future," farmer Yurii Dudchenko said.
It took one year to build a dam. It cost 35 million hryvnia ($1.35 million). The construction cuts off the canal's flow, not letting water to run to the occupied territory.
"The first phase is complete. Infrastructure will come next: winches, regular premises, security," the chief engineer of the North Crimean Canal Administration Volodymyr Oberemok explained.