Just down the road a piece, a city has a novel solution to its sludge problem.
When the sulfate (EPA link) level gets too high in the sludge generated in the water purification process (not the waste treatment process), they add pancake syrup.
To reduce levels of sulfate, city workers had been pouring two to eight gallons of cheap, generic pancake syrup into the appropriate wells as needed, said Chesapeake Public Utilities Director Jim Walski. The city gets the one-gallon jugs by piggybacking on a contract with the Chesapeake Conference Center, officials said.
“It’s not the kind of thing where we run to the grocery store and clean out the shelves,” said A. Craig Maples, Water Resources Management administrator for Chesapeake.
The sugars from the syrup help break down the sulfate, but “I don’t know that we were in agreement with the methodology they were using,” said the DEQ’s (Virginia Department of Environmental Quality–ed.) McConathy.
I’ll never think of IHOP in the same way again.
(I was considering filing this under “Recipes.”)