Training | Wastewater management, Properly treating wastewater

Training for Operators of Effluent Treatment Plants in Textile Factories


This tool provides guidance for trainers, facilitators, and service providers engaged in training Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) operators in textile factories. It is an integral component of the Promoting Sustainability in the Textile and Garment Industry in Asia (FABRIC) project, which actively promotes regional knowledge tranfer and dialogue to ensure an environmentally friendly, social and competitive textile industry in Asia. The materials within this resource are divided into two sections: one for Training of Trainers (ToT) and the other for the 12-day ETP operator course. These materials are designed to assist trainers in imparting knowledge on effluent treatment principles, safety practices, and monitoring procedures to ETP staff.

Main features and components

ETP Training Overview:

  • Comprehensive Content: Covers textile and garment factory effluent treatment thoroughly.
  • Module-Based Learning: Includes engaging presentations, interactive discussions, quizzes, and handouts for effective learning. Promotes active participation.
  • Practical Application: Participants apply knowledge to real ETP and workplace scenarios.
  • Target Audience: ETP Operators, students (environmental science/engineering), service providers, faculty members, ETP Managers, and general interest individuals.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will gain expertise in:

  • Effluent treatment requirements and methods.
  • Water usage, effluent generation, and characteristics.
  • Bangladesh's treatment status and technologies.
  • Treatment principles, biological treatment, and sludge management.
  • ETP monitoring, routine operation, and troubleshooting.
  • Advanced treatment techniques, including membranes.

Implementation and work steps

Using Training Materials for Diverse Scenarios:

  1. Standalone Short-term Training:
    • Commercial ETP staff training, adaptable content.
    • Suitable for 12-day programs, virtual or in-person.
    • Standardized pace, with phased delivery flexibility.
  2. Factory-Sponsored Program:
    • Tailored training for individual ETPs.
    • Custom content for various staff roles.
    • Encourages ETP manager involvement.
  3. Supplementing Academic Programs:
    • Enhance university courses with quality materials.
    • Benefits environmental engineering and science students and faculty.
    • Suitable for 1-4 year courses.



Phase of intervention

Operating SIA, Resource efficiency

Level of intervention

Park management





Target groups

Company, SME, Industrial area management and operator