Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation in Georgia
East Georgia - With support from the US Department of State, IRD Georgia has been carrying out small water projects since 2000 to ensure provision of clean water and to improve sanitation and hygiene among vulnerable communities. Projects include construction of water wells and towers and rehabilitation of public baths and water supply and sewage systems.
In Bakurtsikhe village, IRD facilitated the construction of a water well and installation of a water pump. The project provided 3,600 people with potable water and prevented them from having to walk two to five kilometers for clean water from surrounding springs.
In 2009 IRD worked with local construction companies to rehabilitate a public bath facility at a center housing 1,200 internally displaced persons in Khoni city. Prior to rehabilitation, there was no water supply to the bathrooms, and pipes, walls, and the roof were completely destroyed.
In Kvareli city, hundreds of families lived without access to drinkable water for almost 20 years. Although the local government had recently installed a new network of water pipes, a raised reservoir was critical to ensure access to clean water. IRD worked with a local construction company to ensure the city’s 9,000 residents had access to clean water by constructing a water tower that connected to the new pipe network.
Most recently in Oktomberi, IRD rehabilitated the ambulatory and installed new water supply and sewage systems. The health facility is now equipped to provide the village with curative and preventive services. Children are immunized on time, chronic patients can control their diseases without complications, and acute patients are diagnosed and treated without delay.