Underinvestment and inadequate maintenance are the key problems facing Georgia's water and wastewater management system and the reason why, at present, this type of infrastructure is outdated and severely run down.
The project is in its third and final phase of a rehabilitation programme of municipal infrastructure facilities in Batumi and the surrounding villages in the Southern Khelvachauri District. The general objective of the programme is to contribute to the socio-economic development of Batumi and its surrounding communities by ensuring a 24 hour supply of hygienically sound water and by improving the controlled disposal and treatment of wastewater for the population of Batumi and nearby Chakvi villages in the Southern Khelvachauri District. The overall programme is expected to have cross-border impacts by improving the quality of coastal water in Batumi, which is situated close to the Turkish border.
Through the overall programme, an installed and functioning water supply and wastewater disposal system will be set up in all parts of the Municipality of Batumi and the surrounding villages of the southern Khelvachauri district. This includes the construction of a modern wastewater treatment plant with mechanical and biological water cleaning. A functioning stormwater discharge system will be implemented as well. In addition, the NIF contribution finances the supply and installation of about 37.300 individual water meters in multi-apartment buildings. These households will be billed based on metered consumption. Thus, the per capita consumption of water in these households is expected to be reduced from about 750 litres per day to below 200 litres per day.