Project Reference: Wastewater reuse and effluent treatment in the Tannery Industry | India
An effective wastewater management roadmap can reduce water stress within a community and help protect vital resources from pollution and environmental contamination. As the conversation about environmental impact, natural resources and climate change intensifies, companies in the textile industry are in the frontline of finding “out-of-the-box” solutions to treat their wastewater and industrial discharge.
The textile and tannery industries are notorious for their heavy water usage and intensely high levels of wastewater discharge. However, a sustainable water management system has immense value in alleviating global water shortages, meeting strict environmental regulations on discharge, while allowing producers to meet production demands.
According to a recent article published by Aquatech, apparel giant, Nike “avoided using 23 billion liters of water as a result of efficiency programs implemented since 2016”. In an effort to reduce its freshwater footprint, the company began by championing wastewater recycling at the Rematex facility in Suzhou, China.
For the last 40 years, Berghof Membranes has been developing robust tubular ultrafiltration membranes aimed at treating industrial wastewater and process streams to reduce manufacturers’ dependency on freshwater sources by enabling efficient and cost-effective wastewater reuse. Over the years, this technology has proven itself to be key in promoting industrial growth and sustainability, including the ever-growing textile industry in India.
The textile and tannery industries in India are two of the oldest and fastest-growing industries with a total market size forecasted to reach a staggering 250 Billion US dollars. According to the Stockholm International Water Institute Water Governance Mapping Report, India is the largest exporter of yarn (25% worldwide exports) and loom, the latter of which is estimated to be 60% of the total loom traded in the world – not to mention cotton, silk, and synthetic fibers. Export values for textile and clothing have grown consistently in the last decade, making it a strategic sector for the nation’s economy in which an estimated 45 million people are employed.
According to a 2019 report from World Resource Institute, India ranks 13th in the world regarding overall water stress and has more than three times the population of the other 17 extremely high-stressed countries combined. Industries in India’s evolving economic landscape face many risks given the global water shortage and increasingly stringent laws governing environmental discharge. Countries in the region including China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand place additional pressure on global competitiveness and profitability, thus impacting the adoption of sustainable wastewater management plans.
Read the following project reference from Berghof Membranes which demonstrates the effectiveness of an external MBR system installed at a common effluent treatment (CET) plant that treats effluent from more than 130 tanneries.
Tubular membrane filtration is frequently utilized for wastewater treatment because of the greater ease in cleaning, zero odor emissions, and overall superior robustness. Contact Berghof Membranes and our team of engineers can support you in designing a tubular membrane filtration system for your industry.