Reducing the Impact of Mine Water on Drinking Water Sources in the Kvirela River Basin
Numerous demonstrations in the Chiatura area in the last decade have called for better living conditions, including the work safety and environmental concerns related to the mines. The population of the Chiatura Municipality has decreased by 43% in the past 25 years. The number of socially vulnerable people in the municipality is currently the largest in the Imerati region. Besides the economic concerns, the residents are also worried about the health implications from the dangerous river sludge containing lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), cobalt (Co) and manganese (Mn). The dangerous sludge, including affects the local population not only through the drinking water, but also agriculture and fishing.
The project aims to deliver a map of the current contamination of the Kvirila River, a project proposal for cleaning the discharged mine river and for the removal of the sludge from Kvirila river in Chiatura alongside a comparison of the Czech and Georgian legislative instruments for controlling mine water discharges.
Watrad, a consulting company with a focus on the disposal of radioactive waste, has been operating since 1993.