She said the goal is to get everyone on the same page, which has been easy.
She said, "The facility runs like a top. They do a great job here."
Of the material coming into the plant, 40 percent comes from the neighboring JBS Swift packing plant. Innerebner said JBS has done a good job of treating that material on its own, so by the time it comes to the wastewater plant, it's no different than household wastewater.
That has helped the plant run more efficiently, and save money on energy. But they have had other issues.
Last year, they ran into trouble with the EPA when routine reports were never filed. They plan to ask the city council to hire a compliance manager, so the paperwork runs as well as the plant. Strong said, "It's complex, there's a lot of rules and regulations, they're constantly changing."
But the plant is running efficiently, and they rarely hear complaints about odor, a decade after such complaints were so common the city set up an odor hotline to handle them.
The two-day training class helps the plant's operators become re-certified. Innerebner said it is also costing the city far less to do the training in house, as opposed to sending employees to conferences out of town.