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May 11, 2020

Nike takes lead on new wastewater training programme

A new wastewater operations training programme aims to improve water and wastewater management and treatment throughout textile supply chains around the world.

By Hannah Abdulla

A new wastewater operations training programme aims to improve water and wastewater management and treatment throughout textile supply chains around the world.

The programme is a collaboration between the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme and Nike.

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme Wastewater Guidelines standardise wastewater testing requirements in the global apparel, textile, and footwear supply chains.

Suppliers share their wastewater testing results simultaneously with clients through the ZDHC Gateway – Wastewater Module. An analysis of the test reports identified an opportunity to improve wastewater operations and wastewater quality by offering increased and improved operator training.

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme will facilitate global training for wastewater operators throughout footwear and apparel industry supply chains. The organisations are collaborating to evolve the WEF training manual, trainer’s kit, and exams to support ongoing training of wastewater operators. WEF will also begin translating its training materials into Mandarin and Vietnamese, in addition to Spanish. Nike, who helped develop the curriculum and supported the translations, will use the materials as part of ongoing water conservation efforts in its supply chain.

“There are tremendous opportunities to improve water quality and quantity by enhancing industrial wastewater management programs such as those in the global textile industry,” said WEF president Jackie Jarrell. “WEF is excited to collaborate with ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme and Nike, and about the potential for impact in communities in Asia and Latin America.”

John Rydzewski, director of water programmes at Nike, added: “Improved wastewater treatment and 90% freshwater reduction in the textile industry are limited only by commitment and capability. This collaboration is a fantastic opportunity to develop the necessary capabilities and reach a broader audience.”

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