Handling hospital wastewater with care

In response to the spread of the coronavirus in Italy, and to ensure continuity of normal health services, the Provincial Health Authority of Palermo required the expansion of the Civic Hospital of Partinico to treat COVID-19 patients in Sicily – the first to do so in the region. The mandate involved significant adaptation and partial requalification of the facility, including the establishment of two intensive care wards to host 24 intensive care beds and four sub-intensive care beds. The hospital moved quickly to expand its capacity to provide the needed services to those affected in their community.

Wastewater treatment capacity
In order to ensure the care of patients affected by COVID-19 and continue normal health services, 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 treatment of chemical compounds in the wastewater – such as antibiotics, X-ray contrast agents, disinfectants and pharmaceutical residue – the Civic Hospital of Partinico looked to Xylem to supply the necessary equipment via the contractor B.O.D srl.

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 NP3069 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 SR4610SF mixers and two Flygt NP3069 pumps operate, eliminates the residual chlorine and discharge the wastewater into the city’s sewage system.