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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 challenge

The wastewater effluent from the Finagricola plant was treated with traditional activated sludge technology designed for a different situation and with no possibility of water recovery. It was no longer a fit for current products and a future-focused business plan.

The project

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 client’s strongest requests 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 reuse 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 pollutant removal was achieved using DAF (Dissolved Air Flotation) technology, while the upgrade to the biological unit was done by implementing an EmbioArt® MBR (Membrane Bioreactor) process 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 plant was fully operational and final verification of the requested system output parameters was carried out.