Welspun India Limited, global leaders of home textile, has recently been felicitated with the National Water Award announced by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation. Welspun India won the 1st prize in Best Industry Category. The recognition came on the back of the social and environmental impact made by Welspun’s cutting-edge sewage treatment plant in the drought-prone Kutch district.
Installed in 2016, the 40 MLD* sewage treatment plant utilizes the latest wastewater treatment technology to reuse the urban sewage water as a high-quality clean water for industrial use, making it one of the first such facility to do so in India. This helped Welspun achieve zero freshwater usage for industrial applications at its manufacturing unit in Anjar while mitigating the environmental and community health impact of the pollution caused by the discharge of untreated urban sewage into the sea before commissioning of the STP Plant. In additional to this Welspun is paying almost 50 Lakhs per annum as a Royalty to the Urban Authority and this fund is presently being used by them for various urban developmental activities. The facility has also provided relief to the local farming community, as the freshwater from the Narmada River is now utilized for agricultural purposes.
Ms. Dipali Goenka, Jt. MD & CEO, Welspun India Ltd said, “We at Welspun are always striving to be sustainable and responsible at every step of delivering world-class products to our prized customers. To have been bestowed with the National Water Award by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, for the First Position, has furthered our dedication to continue consistently on the path of creating a sustainable planet for tomorrow. We at Welspun, have always been committed to meeting social responsibility standards and are working towards creating a business model that address sustainability along with ROI returns. We laid the foundation of the sewage treatment plant with a clear intent to cut back on the dependence of freshwater, we are pleased to have this effort be recognized at the National level.
Welspun’s project to utilize treated urban sewage water for industrial purposes has received appreciation from key decision-makers at the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate change, as well as the Central/ State Pollution Control Board, during the clearance stage. It has also been hailed as the model for all major industrial projects to reduce their ecological footprint and add value to their local communities.
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