16.11.2018

The Prypiat's Laundry

Special Laundry for the needs of Chornobyl NPP.

The city of Pripyat is located in the north of Ukraine, not far from the border with Belarus. It was one of the youngest cities in Ukraine, the Chernobyl NPP satellite. Before the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, about 50 thousand people lived in the city. In some sources you can meet the following expressions: Pripyat - the city of children or Pripyat - the city of flowers. This is due to the fact that there were about 17 thousand children and 33,582 rose bushes in the city. We can say that the city was a dream of a Soviet person, as some people even sold their homes in the open spaces of the Soviet Union to move to live in Pripyat. The city was originally planned to accommodate about 80 thousand residents, for this was already ready site for building the sixth neighborhood. But one day everything stopped at around April 26th.

After the evacuation of the city on April 27, academicians, military groups, special services, dosimetrists were stationed in Pripyat — in one word, the liquidators. After the end of the liquidation of the Chernobyl accident, the city of Pripyat was completely abandoned and deserted. But, today, there are still a few facilities that continue to function for the needs of the NPP- special laundry, water fluoridation and iron removal station (located on Lesya Ukrainka street and intended for supplying industrial water for the needs of the nuclear power plant) and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant special garage.

Currently several thousand people work at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which deal with both the aftermath of the disaster since 1986 and the decommissioning of three power units that were permanently stopped. It is the Pripyat special laundry that does laundry for workers. Electric wires have been specially connected to the laundry, as there is no electricity in the city for a long time.

The building is still remarkable in that it was duplicated in the computer game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Fans of this game will probably remember that the military base was located here under the command of Colonel Kovalsky; this location is also a place of evacuation of the hero and the end of the game.

The two-story laundry building is located in the first microdistrict of the city of Pripyat. On the territory, around it, everything is well maintained and clean. Here you can find a sculpture of a bear cub, which also appeared in the game stalker.

Workers do not enter inside from the main entrance, but from the side, which is located on the left side of the laundry. Before entering there is a special container with water for cleaning shoes in cases of contamination with radioactive dust.

Inside the special laundry is pretty purely Soviet style. Chairs are standing, a fire shield is hanging, a stand hanging nearby is - “a corner of civil defense”, a lot of pipes and communications that are connected to washing machines.

Near the main entrance, on the site, you can see a bus that carries daily shift workers to the special laundry.

Excursions to the Chernobyl Zone, the city of Chernobyl, Chernobyl NPP, Pripyat.

Now Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a national landmark. People from all over the world come here. It is surprising that according to statistics, more foreigners than Ukrainians visit the Chernobyl Zone annually. The company CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE organizes regular trips to the restricted area for both day trips and two-day tours. 

Signing up for a tour right now, you will have a unique opportunity to visit the huge museum of the Soviet past. You will see the Duga-1 over-the-horizon radar station, which was intended to track missiles from the United States during the Cold War, the culprit of everything - the V. I. Lenin Chernobyl nuclear power plant, stroll through the streets of Pripyat. Trips to Chernobyl and Pripyat make it possible to compare and see how life is divided into stages before and after. On the site CHERNOBYLADVENTURE.COM you can choose the format of the tour and book a tour on any day of the week. During the whole trip you will be accompanied by an experienced guide, who undergo special training courses. Follow the guide’s instructions, be attentive and careful while walking. Thank you for choosing CHERNONYL ADVENTURE for traveling to Chernobyl and Pripyat.