Filtri a Tela Pile per Impianto di Merone

Pile Cloth Filters for the Merone WWTP

The tertiary filtration of the Merone wastewater treatment plant bears the signature of MITA Water Technologies: six disc filters with fleece cloth were adopted for the final treatment of the water reaching the upper Lambro River. This is part of a larger project to rehabilitate the purification plant. The chosen solution is extremely flexible and also makes it easy to deal with sludge lifting phenomena, typically seasonal or resulting from periodic increases in effluent flow rates.

  • Municipal sewage treatment plant serving 120,000 A.E
  • Solution: 6 systems of 24 discs, filter area 120 m2 each
  • Output of suspended solids: <10 mg/l
Como Acque (plant operator) - SEAM Engineering (intermediary)
Merone, province di Como (Italy)
Interlocutor type
Scope of application
Mixed civil and industrial
Application field
Wastewater treatment plant
Story in a nutshell
The plant receives municipal wastewater from 38 municipalities. It serves about 120,000 A.E. of which about 85 percent is municipal and the remaining 15 percent is industrial.
List of customer requirements
Suspended solids reduction by effluent refinement before discharge to surface water
Input flow rate
- Average flow rate: 1,850 m3/h

- Maximum flow rate: 4,400 m3/h
Input SST
- TSS average input: 30 mg/l

- TSS max: 50 mg/l
Inlet water T°
5°C - 35°C
Upstream treatment chain
Pre-treatments, primary and secondary treatments

Technologies supplied
No. 6 MSF 24/120 PPC HD cloth filters made of AISI 316L stainless steel (24 discs, filtering area 120 m2)
Output TSS
<10 mgl
Transportation, unloading, installation and testing
Key to Success
High product quality and qualified after-sales service

1. Needs of the Merone plant for tertiary filtration

The wastewater treatment plant in Merone, in the province of Como, is operated by the company Como Acqua srl. As reported at this link, the treatment plant receives both domestic and industrial sewage from 38 municipalities. The total equivalent population served is about 120,000: 15 million cubic meters of sewage, from an area of 140 km2, are treated annually.

In the 2000s, the system needed general upgrading and the final stage of tertiary filtration (to comply with new legislation in this area). For these needs ASIL (now Como Acqua Srl) issued a call for tenders in 2013. Specifically, the filtration unit that was to be supplied had to treat:

  • average flow rate of 44,400 m3/day equal to about 200,000 population equivalent;
  • maximum flow rate of 4,400 m3/hr (during heavy rain);
  • up to 220 kg/h of suspended solids to be disposed of.

Those bidding had to demonstrate that they had already built systems capable of withstanding these numbers.

2. MITA systems with fleece filters: the solution adopted

The final design for the Merone sewage treatment plant was prepared by the design firm SEAM Engineering of Lomazzo. MITA Water Technologies was able to propose and supply 6 disc filters model MSF 24/120 PPC HD with fleece for the tertiary filtration stage:

  • 24 discs per machine,
  • 6 x 120 m2 total filter surface area,
  • 100% surface area immersed in water for continuous operation.

The system is able to ensure the disposal of particularly high sludge loads, halving the backwashing time of the filtering cloths (which is done by suction in filtered water through pumps) and, consequently, doubling the amount of sludge disposed of in the same period of time.

This can occur because for installed MITA pile cloth filters there is the possibility of simultaneous operation of two backwash pumps instead of one. One of the two usually has a back-up function installed. in case of high sludge loads (which result in increased backwashing cycles of the cloths), however, the two pumps can run simultaneously. A solution that can be adopted, if necessary, in any plant that mounts MITA Water Technologies’ pile cloth filters. The result is a doubling of the disposable sludge load; in Merone’s case, up to 360 kg/h (instead of 180 kg/h in the standard operating condition). Thus the 220 kg/h target, defined by the project, has been abundantly achieved.

Not only that. The concentration of suspended solids in the water coming out of the filters is less than 10 mg/l, as is always the case with MITA equipment: this has allowed, even in the case of the Merone treatment plant, disinfection with UV lamps (ultra-violet rays). This avoided the use of chemicals that, in case of residues in the effluent, can pollute the river ecosystem, the end of the treatment system.

3. MITA cloth filters: additional features

For an in-depth detail of the technical and functional characteristics of cloth filters, see the appropriate section of the MITA Water Technologies website.

Some of these proved particularly useful in the tertiary filtration phase of the Merone plant:

  • continuous filtration always ensured;
  • limited maintenance requirements;
  • low power consumption: in the case of the Merone plant, about 2 to 3.5 kW maximum per machine.

In addition to retaining a greater amount of sludge than any other equipment used in this application, the MITA filter ensures the reduction of residual suspended solids to an extent that allows final disinfection by ultra-violet rays: this ensures that water without traces of chemical bactericides is returned to the Lambro basin – with a view to an improved circular economy.

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