Clarinda, Iowa

Population: 5,500
Employees: 5


Operations, maintenance and management of treatment plants, distribution and collection system

Description of Facilities:

WWTP 1.6 MGD trickling filter plant with anaerobic digestion, WTP 2.4 MGD conventional surface water treatment plant and 2 water storage towers.


  • Ongoing facility upgrades
  • 80-year-old water treatment facility
  • Tightening government regulations
  • Aging infrastructure


  • Implemented chlorine dioxide system
  • Met LT1 and Stage 1 and 2 D/DBP rules
  • Wastewater plant upgrade
  • Wastewater plant lab certification
  • Assisted with the design and construction of new 2.4 MGD surface water plant

Project Summary:

This project began as a wastewater treatment and collections contract in 1993. The city was experiencing difficulties in meeting State regulations and hired PeopleService to correct the problem. The water plant came on line in 1995 when the city lost its water superintendent and did not have a properly certified person to run the system. Since 1995, the town has operated with 6 PeopleService employees to operate and maintain the water and wastewater treatment facilities plus the collections and distribution systems. This is done with 5 less employees than the city operated the two departments with. In 1996-97, we oversaw the wastewater plant upgrade to its current capacity. In 2000, the wastewater lab became certified and continues to receive high marks for its quality and procedural controls. In 2004, PeopleService helped with the planning and design processes for a new 2.4 MGD water treatment plant. The city continues to rely on PeopleService for all its wastewater and water needs and we have developed a partnership that is beneficial to both parties.

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