Drinking water at Tsalka Public School – no longer a reality

It’s a well-known fact that global reserves of drinking water are not unlimited. Along with the increase of the population of our planet water demand and it’s consumption is also growing very rapidly. There is a hypothesis according to which in 2050 the world’s population will be 9 billion people, of which 4 billion will live in conditions of chronic water shortage. That is to say, water will become the most valuable resource in the world.

Particularly in our region in the countries of the former Soviet Union current water management systems are  heavily bearing the impacts of past methods and approaches.Thus, by dictates of time, in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan becomes more perceptible that current systems of competent management and quality assessment of water resources are not very appropriate․ In this sense a need arises to improve them based on the principles and general approaches applied in international practice. The statement of  a responsible employee of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia that “Georgia is the first in the export of fresh water in the South Caucasus” does not sound much credible, especially in the case when there is the issue of access to fresh water mostly in high mountainous habitats. This is also evidenced by the results of studies conducted in 6 regions of the country by the Office of the Ombudsman of Georgia, according to which 16 of the 108 schools have no drinking water at all. It should be noted that like all over the world in our region too large-scale work is being carried out to prevent further fresh water deficit, most of which give the expected results. As a result  the school building equipped with water infrastructures enables today 300 beneficiaries have access to clean drinking water, most of whom are eco-migrants. After the work is completed at the above school has been implemented laboratory analysis of water samples, and resulting no hazardous substances found in the drinking water.

It should be noted that the initiative aims to improve the health and living conditions of socially vulnerable women and children living in rural areas of Georgia and add to that the project “WASH Initiative for Socially Vulnerable Women and
Children Living in Rural Georgia”-is being implemented by CENN with
financial support provided by the Global Water Challenge and the
Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF).

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