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Oil boom in Batumi2011-09-06 20:58
Georgia's prosperity is steadily growing - in a fatal way. Recently residents of Batumi could see that for themselves. Opening water taps, locals could feel they are oil oligarch. Purest black gold was pouring right into their hands. Yet, as it often happens in today's world, oil caused only troubles.
"Abram, Abram, how much does a nuclear bomb cost?" - "Oh, Sarah, a lot". - "Then look how much wealth is flying towards our balcony!"
Residents of Batumi should have recalled this anecdote last weekend when they decided to do the washing in an evil hour. What they saw was pure oil instead of water pouring out of their water taps. They literally could put their hands under black gold, but residents of Bartskhana village near Batumi were not happy to turn into microtycoons.
It took an instant to ruin all household appliances intended to use water, not oil. Water heaters were broken too. Besides, it was absolutely impossible to simply have tea or boil soup. Let alone taking a bath. The oil flow pouring out of taps forced residents of Batumi to forget about personal hygiene and use rainwater, hardly compliant with sanitary norms, for drinking.
On the whole, Georgia had to prove a bitter truth already confirmed in a number of states like Iraq and Libya that alongside with dollars, oil brings lots of problems. So what was the reason for this emergency that spoiled a not very sweet life of Batumi so adored by president Mikheil Saakashvili?
As it turns out, rehabilitation works were underway on the local water distribution system, and water supply was cut. Unfortunately to residents of Batumi, a damaged oil pipeline is located nearby. Basically, this is where oil got to pipes and taps of Batumi from.
The oil terminal was quick to assure that all leaks are patched, and the problem is solved. Yet, oil keeps coming out of the faucets.
"Representatives of the oil terminal administration assure that the damages found earlier have been fixed. Yet, oil keeps coming out of water taps. Considering that Batumi Water administration is not present in the office, in particular, the director is on holiday outside Georgia, the general prosecutor's office detained the technical director of the company. It's been two days since the population had no drinking water and were forced to use rainwater", - InterpressNews media agency (Georgia) reports.