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Published on Thursday, 15 December 2016

“Highly contaminated” effluent from Ethiopian textile mills

Written by John Mowbray

Water pollution in river. –© nikonlike

ADDIS ABABA – Humans and livestock have been exposed to high levels of pollution from four textile mills in fast growing textile production hub of Ethiopia, according to newly published research. Textile effluent was collected and analysed from four factories based in Dukem, a town in central Ethiopia and Gelan in the Addis Ababa region, also in central Ethiopia which is becoming a sourcing hub of choice in Africa for many leading apparel brands and retailers. Pollutants at each site were found to be in excess of the national discharge limits set by government agencies.