Submitted by: International Center for Environmental Research
Implemented country: Georgia
Title: Environmentally Friendly Methods of Water Bacterial Monitoring and Treatment in Caucasus
Most Europeans take clean drinking water for granted. Yet an estimated 120 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, making them vulnerable to water-related diseases. Cleaner water and better sanitation could prevent over 30 million cases of water-related disease. The project aims to provide research on efficient technology for the purpose of identifying ways to achieve further improvement and to update mechanisms of relatively fast bio-monitoring. Furthermore the project aims to use phages as biosensors and to update by integrating into a modernized technology process by means of creating electronic tools for more flexible solutions. The project will address the problems of bacterial pollution monitoring in major waterways in the south Caucasus, the Kura-Aras River Basin. The waters there are used for drinking, bathing and irrigation purposes.