Water in the Kakhovka reservoir has crossed the dead point, water intake is no longer possible - Head of Ukrhydroenergo

Maryna PohorilkoSociety
The water level in the Kakhovka reservoir dropped to 12.5 m.

As of Thursday evening, June 8, the water level in the Kakhovka reservoir is 12.5 metres. This figure has fallen below the so-called dead point of 12.7 metres, below which water intake is impossible.

This was announced by Ukrhydroenergo CEO Ihor Syrota on the air of a national TV marathon. This means that the water from the reservoir can no longer be supplied to settlements and the Zaporizhzhya NPP.

The expert believes that the water level is likely to stop at around 3 metres.

"If the dam in the lower part is destroyed to the very base, the depth of the reservoir will be no more than three metres, and the reservoir itself will decrease in width from 3.5 km, as it was before the explosion, to 1-1.2 km, meaning it will return to the Dnipro riverbed as it was before the construction of the reservoir itself," the hydropower engineer explained.

According to him, if the water level in the reservoir drops by 1 metre per day, this process will take another 7-8 days. At the same time, half of the Kakhovka station is completely under water, the other half by 70%. The earthen insert between the sluice gate and the station is also under water and is being eroded.

As a reminder, the State Border Guard Service showed a bird's-eye view of the horrific scale of the terrorist attack on the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. The footage shows that the water has completely swallowed up the remains of the dam. Only a part of the engine room of the Kakhovka HPP is visible in the middle of the river.

Earlier, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi noted that the loss of the main source of water that cools the ZNPP further complicates "the already extremely difficult nuclear safety situation".

As reported by OBOZREVATEL:

- Ukrhydroenergo officially stated: Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant is not subject to restoration. After de-occupation, Ukraine will have to build a new hydroelectric power plant. This will take a lot of time and money;

- new satellite photos have also emerged showing the consequences of the dam at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station being blown up by Russian war criminals. On the second day after the explosion, Gola Prystan, the Korabel district in Kherson and other areas where people used to live went underwater.

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