Handling hospital wastewater with care

Handling hospital wastewater with care

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and communities across Italy braced themselves for an influx of cases.  In Palermo, the Provincial Health Authority required the expansion of the Civic Hospital of Partinico to treat COVID-19 patients in Sicily.

The mandate included the significant adaptation and partial requalification of the facility, including establishing two intensive care wards to host 24 intensive care beds and four sub-intensive care beds.  

Wastewater treatment capacity

Increasing capacity meant that the Civic Hospital of Partinico needed to create a new treatment plant to manage the volume of wastewater in compliance with the effluent parameters set by the authorities.

To ensure effective wastewater treatment, the Civic Hospital of Partinico looked to Xylem to supply pumps and mixers via the contractor B.O.D srl.

Xylem is honored to have supported the proper treatment of the hospital’s wastewater, helping protect the public and environmental health of the city. And we’re honored to serve healthcare workers on the frontlines who are doing so much to protect their community during this crisis.

About the technology

The wastewater treatment plant was built inside a fiberglass tank and consists of three treatment stages. The first stage lifts the wastewater through two Flygt N 3069 pumps and sends it to the next stage, where the wastewater is treated with chlorine, a disinfectant with high bactericidal capacity. The third stage, in which two Flygt 4610 compact mixers and two Flygt N 3069 pumps operate, eliminates the residual chlorine through a chemical process and discharges the wastewater into the city’s sewage system. The Flygt mixers are used to distribute the dechlorinating compound, sodium metabisulfite, evenly in the water for efficient elimination of residual chlorine. Flygt N 3069 pumps include Adaptive N® technology, which prevents clogging and enables a sustainable low use of energy.