Professor Rudolf Holze, Head of Electrochemistry Research Group, Institute of Chemistry, Germany, on Thursday stressed the importance of finding a solution to reduce the usage of water in textile industry to prevent groundwater pollution.

Inaugurating the ‘World Water Day' celebration-cum-national-seminar on “Recent Advances in Textile and Electrochemical Science” held at Alagappa University in Karaikudi, he said the usage of water was on rise in the textile industry as it was one of the important raw materials for dyeing and bleaching units. Thanks to the proliferation of population, the demand for cloth was also increasing worldwide. It had ultimately led to the pollution of soil, agricultural land, air due to the discharge of effluents from textile dyeing units. The countries were badly in need of protecting the natural resources as well as preserving water. The scientists and chemical experts must find technologies to conserve the ecology and natural resources, Mr. Holze added.

Presiding over the programme, S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice Chancellor, Alagappa University said that just 3.5 percent of the water available in the earth was consumable, and the rest was accumulated in the seas. Of the 3.5 percent of consumable water, 1.76 percent was in the form of ice. The remaining water was actually being used by the humans and animals. It showed that water should be the highly preserved commodity.

There was a report that around 25,000 people were dying everyday in the world due to the consumption of contaminated water. A large number of people were unable to get potable water. If the present trend continued for a few more decades, water would become costlier than oil. Hence, each and every citizen should come forward to save water. Not even a single drop should be wasted. Michael Noel, Director, Water Institute, Karunya University, Coimbatore, in his key note address, said that the knitwear and textile industry in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode region was exporting products to the tune of Rs.10,000 crore per year.