Way forward towards sustainable approaches aiming Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD).
The industrial development model in India has gone through major revision in recent years. The small scale and medium scale industries are being promoted by giving them developmental opportunities but on the other hand there is a lack of ability to cater the waste water treatment needs in these industries. This has resulted in a very large number of industries practically facing threats of closure for not meeting pollution control norms. Further, providing solutions for wastewater treatment has dented its profitability and sustainability substantially because of extra expenditures for investing in land, equipment, and operations. The size of these industries makes the installation of a standard effluent treatment plant unaffordable for them. Conservation of fresh water by treating wastewater, recycling, and reuse in different formats is the only answer for realizing sustainability. Thus, in this context, it becomes necessary to look at the sustainability of both the environment and industry simultaneously and holistically. This is where the development and application of various treatment methodologies become important.
In view of the growing concern for the environment and increasingly stricter environmental compliances, it has become necessary for industries to adopt the most suitable technologies for treating their wastewaters. So, in order to resolve the predicament of economic policy versus environmental pollution control, Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) schemes have been set up. CETPs could potentially help in achieving treatment of combined wastewater from various industries at lower unit costs and also help facilitate better compliance and monitoring with standards. This assists in the sustainability of the small-scale and medium scale industries by allowing them to treat their effluents collectively.
Against this background, Udaipur Industrial Waste Management and Research Centre (UIWM&RC) in collaboration with Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UCCI) is planning to organize a One day Workshop on December 3, 2021 to have a focused discussion on the key issues, challenges and opportunities for waste water treatment and role of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs).