Riverside, Iowa – Creating Solutions, Saving Thousands
When the University of Iowa’s (U of I) utility was purchased by Engie Energy, they inherited a problem with lime sludge – the waste product of softening lime before discharge into the Iowa River. The company previously contracted by U of I to hold and dry the sludge wanted a hefty price increase to continue doing the job. Engie Energy had already paid the State of Iowa $1.1 billion to provide water for the area, so additional costs did not sit well. The IDNR was not willing to grant Engie Energy a storage and drying facility, so they needed a solution. This is when PeopleService was brought in.
When a former PeopleService operator was asked who to turn to, he mentioned our name and recommended us for our ability to brainstorm solutions.
When faced with the problem, it occurred to PeopleService, who has partnered with the City of Riverside, Iowa for years, that there are available lagoons that we manage and maintain for the city that just may be the solution. One was available to serve as a sludge discharge and drying area.