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Textile industry in need of wastewater reuse

Jun 26, 2021
Textile industry in need of wastewater reuse

Maharashtra

About 67% of textile industries are polluting in Maharashtra, which has the highest number of polluted rivers in the country, as per a report published in 2019 by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). A lot of policy recommendations have been offered by the Centre for Responsible Business and The ReFashion Hub to promote wastewater reuse and water stewardship so that the issue of water contamination and scarcity can be addressed.

Water Stewardship and YWater have together launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness regarding wastewater reuse in the textile industry in the state.  According to MPCB, 20 textile units are under the two-star category and 23 units are under one-star category. Here one star is indicative of high pollution and non-compliance.

According to Devyani Hari, Director Programmes, CRB, the water crisis in the state is of serious concern due to which a lot of water sector reforms and programs have been initiated.  These reforms aim to adopt a multi-sector approach to better manage water where the river basin acts as the development unit. She also said that the water users in the agriculture sector and from multiple industrial sectors can determine prices. The current situation is that it is mandatory for the industries that are located in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation’s (MIDC) areas to recycle up to 50% of their water consumption, she said.

Source – The Hitavada

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