Initiative: Training Center for Defense of Human Rights
Location: Mykolaiv, Mykolaiv region
Website: Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2231993863694639/ (in Ukrainian and Russian)
As in most Ukrainian cities, the tap water in the south Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, which has almost half a million residents, is by no means drinkable. The inhabitants therefore have no choice but to buy drinking water from “certified” vending machines found all over the city. However, in January 2018 there were more than 130 cases of hepatitis caused by even this “definitely safe“ water from the vending machines. In response to this, the Clean Water for Mykolaiv campaign was launched and supported by NESEHNUTÍ in the year 2018. The aim of the campaign is to ensure that the company responsible for water supply in the city regularly publishes the results of the quality analysis of the water available at the points of sale as well as the water in the municipal water supply, and generally takes greater care of the quality of drinking water in the city. At the same time, the initiative wants to urge the responsible authorities to close down places selling water which do not meet safety standards.