Finagricola soc. coop., based in Piana del Sele (SA), was founded in 1986 by a group of independent farmers who chose to share the same know-how acquired directly in the fields.
Their “co-working“ philosophy was developed to preserve their knowledge and natural heritage and increase their visibility on the market.
The wastewater effluent from the Finagricola plant was treated with traditional activated sludge technology designed for a different situation and with no water recovery possibly. It was no longer a fit for current products and a future-focused business plan.
Our team was contacted to figure out how to match the treatment of effluent coming from their production line with the company’s actual availability in terms of plant footprint.
One of the strongest recommendations from the customer was to save as many existing concrete basins as possible, even if water effluent from the new equipment installed was increased by about 40% and with a higher organic pollutant level. The final objective was to obtain a better effluent quality for internal re-use inside some process phases.
To solve these challenges, we proposed a multi-step approach to increase the treatment capacity of the wastewater plant. Oil and other pollutants removal was achieved using DAF (Dissolved Air Flotation) technology, while the upgrade to the biological unit was done by implementing an MBR process (Membrane Bioreactor) which enhances biological performances and organic pollutant removal in the oxidation basin.
This combination made it possible to maintain the dimensions of the existing basins without having to carry out new civil works, guaranteeing water quality compatible with the reuse objective that Finagricola had set.
The supplied solution
Our team first realized an executive project to select the most reliable suppliers and equipment, and then provided the main critical items (DAF and MBR), fully supporting the client for other ancillaries procurements.
After installation, we continued to supervise the commissioning activity until the full operation of the plant and final verification of the requested system output parameters.