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Area: 5888268 km2
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Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $4,980,774,824.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: $91,593,623.00 - [2%]
  • Access to Sanitation: $320,563,810.00 - [6%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $1,415,214,102.00 - [28%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: $49,156,494.00 - [1%]
  • Water Scarcity: $2,274,117,658.00 - [46%]
  • Water Management: $830,129,137.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

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Country Overview

1.1.1.WATER RESOURCES The country can be divided into seven major river basins, all of them discharging into the Black Sea except the Northern Bug which flows towards the Baltic Sea: -The Dnepr basin, covering about 65 per cent of the country. The Dnepr River rises in the Russian Federation, then flows into Belarus before entering Ukraine. Its main affluents in Ukraine are: on the left bank, the Desna River, which rises in the Russian Federation; and on its right bank, the Pripyat River, which comes from Belarus and the Ingulets. -The Dnestr basin, covering 12 per cent of the country. It flows into Moldova before re-entering Ukraine some 50km before its mouth in the Black Sea. -The Danube basin, covering 7 per cent of the country. The final 120km of the Danube River before it reaches the Black Sea form the border between Ukraine and Romania. The Danube is the river with the largest number of riparian countries in the world. Some affluent of the Danube rise in Ukraine, in the Carpathian Mountains, flow into neighbouring countries, and join the mainstream of the Danube before its mouth at the Black Sea. In particular, the Cisa River flows out of Ukraine into Hungary, while the Prut River flows into Romania and Moldova. Ukraine contributes 7.5 per cent to the total flow of the Danube. -The coastal basin, covering 7 per cent of the country. It includes all the small rivers which flow directly into the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, including all the Crimean rivers. -The Northern Donietsk basin, covering 4 per cent of the country. It rises in the Russian Federation, and flows through Ukraine for about 450km in its eastern part before re-entering the Russian Federation. -The Southern Bug basin, covering 3 per cent of the country. It is an internal river basin, generating about 3.4km³/year. -The Northern Bug basin, covering 2 per cent of the country. The Northern Bug River rises in Ukraine and flows north, forming the border with Poland, and then the border between Poland and Belarus. Like the Northern Bug, the San River rises in Ukraine before entering Poland where it joins the Northern Bug. The internal renewable surface water resources can be estimated at 50.1km³/year, while the total surface water resources can be estimated at 136.55km³/year. The groundwater resources are estimated at 20km³/year. Artesian wells are found at an average depth of 100-150m in the north of the country and 500-600m in the south. The overlap between surface and groundwater resources has been estimated at 17km³/year. 1.1.2.WATER USE In 1992, the total water withdrawal was estimated at 26km³, of which 30 per cent was for agricultural purposes, and 52 per cent for industry. A further 0.9km³/year was reported to be withdrawn for other purposes. A comparison with 1985 data shows that in the period 1985-1992 the total water withdrawn for agriculture declined by 2km³, and for industry by 3km³. This might be explained by the decrease in irrigated area due to the lack of fuel and spare parts for the pumps, the decline in animal husbandry, and the drop in industrial production caused by the prevailing difficult postindependence economic situation. In 1989, wastewater treatment amounted to 3.8km³/year, which was 57 per cent of the total produced wastewater at that time.

1.2.WATER QUALITY, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH Major environmental problems are inadequate supplies of potable water; air and water pollution; deforestation; radiation contamination in the northeast from the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

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Organizations in Ukraine

Научно-производственная компания «КРОК-1» была создана в 1990 году. С момента основания и по сей день основателем и директором компании является Овсянкин Вячеслав. КРОК-1 специализируется на выполнении всех видов исследований в связи с высокими технологиями, на разработке более совершенного оборудования и … Learn More

Solar Alliance Energy Inc. develops, markets, sells, and installs residential, commercial, and industrial rooftop solar systems in Canada, the United States, and Ireland. It develops wind and solar projects that provide electricity to 150,000 homes, as well as sells electricity … Learn More

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WaterNet was founded as a non-governmental organization in 2010 to solve a number of urgent tasks focusing on the main goal “Safety Drinking Water to Each Home”: • Information and education of consumers • Professional improvement of water treatment specialists … Learn More

Zander Agro offers services on water borehole discovery in hard to reach territories ( hills, deserts, etc by using new, unique technology for water borehole discovery that unites scientific methodology and exclusive software and hardware tools. This new technology determines … Learn More

Projects in Ukraine

Every Drop Matters (EDM) is a unique partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Coca-Cola Company, which works across Europe and the CIS, the Arab States and Asia. Since they joined forces in 2006, the partners have … Learn More

L’Oréal’s has launched solidarity plans across its many international locations, including Egypt, the Ukraine, Brazil, and South Africa to support the global fight against COVID-19. It has shifted production in 28 factories to produce hand sanitizer, much of which will … Learn More

Reconnecting floodplains to restore ecosystem services and re-establish biodiversity, this project focuses on restoring the cut-off floodplains to the Danube for the benefit of people, habitats and species. The project focuses on improving knowledge on habitat locations and conditions, helping … Learn More

Electrolux tracks and follows water consumption on a monthly basis, and has implemented a water best practice toolbox. Electrolux has carried out a water risk study based WWFs water risk filter, to identify sites where water shortages pose risks to … Learn More

In 2010 WaterNet established the project of public drinking water quality monitoring in all regions of Ukraine. Results are being published in the most accessible information source – Internet at www.voda.org.ua. During last 4 years partner laboratories have analyzed more … Learn More

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