A seminar was held in the head office of FPCCI, Clifton on “Treatment of industrial wastewater using an innovative membrane bioreactor.” The seminar was chaired by Engineer Daroo Khan Achackzai, President FPCCI, and co-chaired by Mr. Muslim Mohammadi, Vice president of FPCCI. Prof. Dr. Zubair Ahmed of US-Pakistan Center of Advanced Studies in Water (USPCASW), Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro was the keynote speaker and delivered two talks during the session (i) Treatment and reuse of fish processing wastewater, and (ii) Treatment of textile wastewater using an innovative membrane bioreactor. Mr. Muslim Mohammadi welcomed all the guests from industry, academia, civil society, and Mr. Daroo Khan Achackzai to spare their time for the seminar.
He emphasized the need for collaborative work to treat and reuse of waste process water. Mr. Daroo Khan Achackzi stressed on enhancing the role of industry-academia collaboration to resolve environmental and waste problem industry is facing. He reiterated that the platform of FPCCI should be utilized more efficiently by the industrialist to reduce environmental damage of coastal area of Karachi. He thanked Dr. Zubair Ahmed and his team for continuous efforts to find economically viable environmental solutions and appreciate their work. Prof. Dr. Zubair Ahmed discussed his work completed in M/s M.A. Mohamedi & Co. Pvt Ltd by installing laboratory- and pilot-scale reactors to treat wastewater and make the treated water fit for reuse. In the second talk, Dr. Zubair Ahmed described the problems of textile processing industries in Korangi Industrial and Trade Estate (KITE) and pointed out the combined effluent treatment plant is needed for the treatment of textile wastewater.
He shared his work conducted by his team and identified a suitable site for the proposed wastewater treatment plant. It as proposed by Dr. Zubair Ahmed that the funds for construction of the proposed wastewater treatment plant for textile industries in KIET could be arranged through the export development fund (EDF) and land can be acquired through the Government of Sindh. He invited industrial associations to come forward and adopt the proposed solutions for wastewater management of the industries.