Water sustainability is a key challenge for the growth and long-term survival of the textile sector in Bangladesh. The textile sector is estimated to grow up to 300% on short term, creating major problems for the fresh groundwater levels that are rapidly declining. Assessments in textile factories show that reduction in water consumption, recycling and re-use of water as well as wastewater treatment practices are rarely applied or understood. This is worrisome considering the major environmental impact (e.g. surface water is seriously polluted and the groundwater levels are rapidly declining) as well as the social impact (e.g. impact on the local communities living near the textile factories).
How can we offer an integrated solution to optimize the textile production process in order to make the process cleaner and more sustainable by reducing the water consumption and discharge of polluted water?
Poster of the winning team
IVAM / NWP
Wetskills The Netherlands 2013