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India: Water Shortages Impact 125 Surat Textile Processing Units

Water shortages have forced approximately 125 textile processing units in the Pandesara GIDC area in Surat, India to shut down their units during night shifts.

According to the Indian Express, Surat Municipal Corporation officials recently found that many textile processing units in Pandesara GIDC region were making use of an illegal water supply network and private water supply through water tankers. Additionally, repair work has forced the supply of water passing through the tertiary treatment plants to be reduced.

The decision to run day shifts only came during a meeting held by the Southern Gujarat Textile Processing Association (SGTPA) last week. The textile industry is expected to face a financial loss of 100 million rupees ($1.6 million) due to the reduced workflow.

The Pandesara industry reportedly gets 60 million liters per day (MLD) of water regularly, against a required 100 MLD.

SGTPA president Jitu Vakharia told the Indian Express, “The industry has been facing shortage of water for a long time. The water supplied through tertiary treatment plant is not sufficient as a result of which the unit owners had to look ahead in search of other means (private players). The water from the tertiary treatment plant is cheap.”