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Georgia has good water resources fed by mountain rivers draining from the Greater and Lesser Caucasus and there is no systemic shortage of water. However, these resources are unequally distributed between the western and eastern parts of Georgia (the Black Sea basin rivers having more abundant overall flows and a more dense river network).

Still,  the country struggles with a variety of water-related challenges: insufficient water supply and sanitation systems, industrial pollution (particularly downstream of Tbilisi and of the industrial district of Rustavi and Gardabani), coastal pollution of the Black Sea, flood risks and growing water demand from the agriculture (irrigation) and energy sectors. In addition comes the impact of climate change, which shows changes in precipitation (e.g. less snow, more frequent floods and droughts). Georgia has committed to reform water policies and practices as part of the Association Agreement signed with the European Union that entered into force in July 2016.



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