Textile Plants Are Dhaka’s Water Problem And Solution


Water is becoming an increasingly hot topic world wide in how we do business. How will countless fashion manufacturers tackle the challenge of water now is a developing conversation for sure.

And in places like Dhaka, Bangladesh, the fight is ever more urgent with industry overtaking basic human consumption needs, the likes of which are majorly dystopic.

CityLab writes: “Dhaka struggles to provide enough drinking water for its people despite the fact that it sits on or near four major rivers in a wide delta region. There is plenty of blame to go around for this paradox. But one of the key culprits is the 1,700 factories producing fabric for Bangladesh’s booming textile industry. Most of them are located in Dhaka and on its fringe.

These factories, known as ‘wet processors,’ consume as much as 300 liters of water to produce one kilogram of fabric. That’s about six times more water than what is considered international best practice. All told, the sector devoted to washing, dyeing, and finishing fabrics consumes 1,500 billion liters of groundwater a year. According to a recent World Bank report, the textile mills in and around Dhaka may consume as much groundwater as goes to all of Dhaka’s residents.”

So while water level are dropping dramatically, investors are coming in to help.

Read the full story on CityLab.

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