Efforts of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) have borne fruit as the dyeing industry in Ludhiana has started conserving 500 lakh litres of water daily.
The PPCB had started a water conservation programme 'green governance' under which the industry, mainly dyeing units, were advised to conserve used.
Giving details, Ravinder Singh, chairman of the board, said that the Central Ground Water Authority had made the registration of all the units using ground water mandatory. Hence, it was found that dyeing units were at the top in using ground water in their operations.
Then the board realised the need to inspire the dyeing units to conserve used water to reduce the load on water treatment plants and for their own benefit also.
"To implement this project, the board launched a 'green governance' programme at Ludhiana in June in the dyeing industry on priority. The dyeing units were motivated, convinced and then advised by the 'green governance' cell for adopting various means like good housekeeping, better engineering process, some process modifications and reuse of good quality waste streams. And, now these efforts have succeeded as a large amount of water is being saved," he said.
He said that the officers of the cell were directed to be industry-friendly and advise the units to adopt various means keeping in mind the ground realities of each particular unit.
Besides reducing the load on water treatment plants, the conservation of water has also benefited the units economically as it is also resulting in providing resources like steam, dyes, energy and chemicals worth crores being saved which were earlier drained away with the precious water, informed chairman.
He said the board has prepared a roadmap to implement this programme throughout Punjab in all the operating industries by December 2014.
The board is also adopting a policy not to issue allow permission for the establishment of a new industrial unit which does not adopt measures for minimal use of water, he added.