TBILISI(BPI)- Tea Karagozishvili is one of the owner of a family-type hotel in Signagi. She has been involved in the business for many years, it’s the main source of income for her family. Sighnaghi is an attractive place for tourists and a guest house business is a popular activity in the town. But water scarcity is the main problem of Kakheti and Sighnaghi in particular, that directly causes damage to private business:
Lack of regular water supply deters tourists, causes discomfort, expense and obstacles for the local residents.
The problem started years ago lasts from spring until the late fall. During this period, ie tourist season, water is supplied to hotels and to the whole of Kakheti according to schedule.
Tea Karagozishvili, founder of the family type hotel Three Gracias, says that a tourist often arrives in Signagi for 5 days but leaves the town in two days:
“Everybody tries to solve the water problem himself. I personally own a 2-ton reservoir and fill it in the morning. When people ask the municipality when the problem will be solved, they respond that now something is repaired. If that continues, then all tourists will really run away.”
The problem is acute at the popular resort of Tsinandali. The founder of Family House notes that the hotel can’t operate without water tanks:
“Water supply is a problem for everyone. Personally I have installed tanks and my visitors use them. Water is supplied for 3-4 hours a day and we have to collect water during this time. ”
Governor of Kakheti Irakli Kadagishvili does not have an exact answer when the water problem in Kakheti will be solved. In his words, a special program is being developed to solve the problem gradually. The project will be launched next year and will cover only a few villages at the first stage.