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Hill International Opens the Taps with the United Water Supply Company of Georgia

Hill International has helped successfully deliver water and wastewater infrastructure projects and programs for public utilities around the world. These assignments, encompassing hundreds of miles of pipeline and dozens of treatment plants, have improved the quality of life and reduced environmental impacts for millions of people. Hill brings the lessons learned and best practices from this experience to the Republic of Georgia, where the company is leading a JV to provide construction supervision support to the United Water Supply Company of Georgia (UWSCG) on an ambitious new development project.

UWSCG provides water supply and sanitation services to municipalities throughout the country. The main activities of UWSCG are water extraction, treatment, and supply, as well as design, construction, maintenance, and operation of water supply and wastewater networks. In total, UWSCG provides services to more than 306,000 domestic customers.

UWSCG’s project will deliver new/upgraded sewage treatment plants, sewage systems, and water supply systems to customers in the cities of Marneuli, Bolnisi, and Chiatura. The work will improve water supply and sanitation service efficiency, leading to improved health for residents. The project also entails implementation support and a targeted public awareness program, including circulating hygiene and sanitation information.

The work is a key part of Georgia’s recently intensified development program. Launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, this program is improving water supply and sanitation across the country. The Marneuli, Bolnisi, and Chiatura projects will leverage Hill’s global experience and best practices gained on similar water/wastewater projects. Specifically, the Hill-led JV will provide design review, construction supervision, training for UWSCG staff, and commissioning services. Hill’s expertise will be valuable in managing the concurrent contracts across the three municipalities while disseminating information and lessons learned program-wide.

The program is largely financed by the Asian Development Bank. The bank is investing more than 99 million euros in the work, representing a nearly 85% stake, while local government entities finance the remaining costs. All project contracts will be conducted under the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction for Building and Engineering Works Designed by the Employer – Multilateral Development Bank Harmonized Edition, March 2006 (sometimes known as the FIDIC Pink Book). All Sewage Treatment Plants will be contracted under the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Plant & Design-Build (First Edition, 1999) (FIDIC Yellow Book).