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‘Committed engineers are required to control industrial waste water’

Factories need new and enthusiastic engineers to operate the equipment in water and waste water treatment plants, opined experts in an international workshop.

75% of students are going abroad, they want to join in a big and well compliance factory. Factories of Bangladesh do not have a proper facility to teach them properly about ETP. For an ETP set up, BUET can play a vital role in Bangladesh and overseas as well, said one of the experts in the workshop.

The workshop was designed to help the industry management to select appropriate technologies to treat and reuse wastewater. It will also help the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) operators to manage and monitor ETP.

Thousands of conscious individuals about water participated at the International Workshop on ‘Waste Water Treatment & Reuse: Selection & Managing Basic & Advance Technologies’ at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) on 27 October. CEMS Global presented the workshop where the ministry of LGD was present as the Joint Organizer and BUET and UNDP were the technical support providers.

International Workshop on ‘Waste Water Treatment & Reuse: Selection & Managing Basic & Advance Technologies
Figure: At the workshop, distinguished industry experts and technology providers gave their speech.

Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan, Secretary, Board of Post Graduate Studies & Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, BUET started this program by presenting Industrial Pollution & Wastewater Treatment.

“Water is mostly consumed by industries, after using most of the factories discharge untreated water to the environment directly, and here some means, not some, the number is huge. This untreated discharged water is continuously polluting our rivers as well as the entire environment. We have to be aware and responsible about the environment before discharging toxic water.” Said Dr. Khan.

Gabriel Kicsi, M. Eng., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, AUS;  Mr. Felice Iraca, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Panta Rei SRL; Mr. Martin Kureck, Process Engineering & Tech Manager, KOCH; Mr. Arif M. Faisal, Program Specialist, UNDP, and Prasad Pant, ZDHC also talked on:

  • Fundamentals of Waste Water Treatment
  • Guidelines and Legislations
  • Monitoring Analysis Techniques
  • Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
  • Advanced Technologies of Water Recycling and Reuse

The honorable speakers gave their valuable speech on the particular issue of wastewater in Bangladesh.

During his speech, Mr. Arif M. Faisal, highlighted the present condition of the Halda river, Chattogram. He claimed ‘a rapid & unplanned industrialization and limited use of environmentally sustainable practice is the main challenge.

Faisal also ensured that to overcome these problems UNDP, PM Office, Bangladesh Fisheries Dpt. and some Private Organizations are working continuously.

Afterward, Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan presented Common/Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs), compared between Gujrat, India & Savar, Bangladesh in his case study.

“Foremost we need perfect ETP for cleaning wastewater and economic zone have to have in our country to set up new plants, when randomly owners set up a plant outside of the zone they do not consider to discharge wastewater to the environment,” added Dr. Samad.

At the end of the workshop, a Panel discussion was arranged with Dr. Fahmida Khanom, Director, Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment & Forests;  Sayed Nazmul Ahsan, , Director, Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Felice Iraca, V.P. Sales & Marketing; Dr. Ijaz Hossain, Professor & Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET; Inamul Haq Khan, Director, BGMEA; Md Afzal Hossain, Vice President, Leather Engineering & Technologists Society, and Asif Ibrahim, Chairman, New Age Group.

 ‘We all are concerned about cure not about prevention, we have the technology, skilled manpower but the entrepreneurs are not coming forward because of lack of investment’ said Afzal Hossain.

Besides the workshop, more than a hundred exhibitors were present with their new technologies and services.

At the end of the workshop, all speakers requested to all the participants “please be aware of the environment individually first to save our planet.”

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