Effluent Treatment Plant for Textile Industry

Textile industry effluent quality varies depending upon the process and technologies employed and the type and form of textile product which might include synthetic/ cotton or blended, fiber or yarn, kitted or woven, sewing threads or embroidery, or Industrial fabrics like tarpaulin or tire cord. Textile industries convert fibres into yarn, transform the yarn into fabrics or related products, and dye and finish the materials at various stages of production. Depending on the nature of fibre and processing steps, water consumption for chemical processing in textile industries is in the range of 50 to 300 L per kg of fibre. Since different products require processes like, kiering, scouring, bleaching, carbonizing, dyeing, printing, sizing etc., the effluent quality greatly varies thus requires skillful combination of various unit operations in the Effluent Treatment Plant.

Textile industry wastewater generated at various processing stages

Fiber preparation

Little or no wastewater generated

Yarn spinning

Little or no wastewater generated


BOD, COD, metals, cleaning waste, size.

Weaving, knitting, tufting

Little or no wastewater generated


BOD from water-soluble sizes, synthetic size, lubricants, biocides, anti-static compounds


Disinfectants and insecticide residues, NaOH, detergents, fats, oils, pectin, wax, knitting lubricants, spin finishes, spent solvents.


Hydrogen peroxide, sodium silicate or organic stabilizer; high pH


Little or no wastewater generated


High pH, NaOH


Little or no wastewater generated


Metals, salts, surfactants, toxic materials, organic processing assistants, cationic materials, colour, BOD, COD, sulphides, acidity/alkalinity, spent solvents.


Suspended solids, urea, solvents, colour, metals, heat, BOD, foam


BOD, COD, suspended solids, toxic materials, spent solvents.

Product Fabrication

Little or no wastewater generated

Team Effwa has experience of having installed over 1000 Effluent Treatment Plants for Textile Processing Industries globally including those with Zero Discharge. The processes employed included Physico-chemical + Biological or only Biological with advanced treatment with Ultrafiltration (UF) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) for recovery of water.

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