ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • 'Waters Of The U.S.' And WIFIA: A View From The States
    'Waters Of The U.S.' And WIFIA: A View From The States

    The president of the Association of Clean Water Agencies shares his thoughts on the controversial “Waters of the United States” rule and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

  • Lucky 13: Water Technologies In The Global Cleantech 100
    Lucky 13: Water Technologies In The Global Cleantech 100

    They say necessity is the mother of invention. Perhaps that’s why water and wastewater innovation is thriving — the needs have overwhelmed the status quo.

  • Top 10 Tweets On 'Flushables'
    Top 10 Tweets On 'Flushables'

    With the immense interest that we’re noticing on the issue of “flushables” — or what not to flush to avoid havoc in wastewater collection systems — Water Online decided to dip our toe into some new waters. We recently hosted our first “Twitter party,” or “hashtag chat,” or whatever the kids are calling them these days, and I’m happy to report some very positive outcomes.

  • Top 10 Technologies From WEFTEC
    Top 10 Technologies From WEFTEC

    They did it again. Seemingly every year WEFTEC breaks records for size and attendance, and 2014 in New Orleans was no exception. There was a lot to choose from, but I picked my favorite innovations to highlight in what has become another annual tradition — Water Online’s “Top 10” from WEFTEC.

  • The Deadliest Contaminant: Solving The Brain-Eating Amoeba
    The Deadliest Contaminant: Solving The Brain-Eating Amoeba

    As Halloween approaches and our TV screens fill with frights of all kinds, water managers have a real-life monster to worry about — a parasite (Naegleria fowleri) that’s been dubbed the “brain-eating amoeba.”

  • Speaking Out On Water Reuse: Experts Make Compelling Case
    Speaking Out On Water Reuse: Experts Make Compelling Case

    A mix of quotes, notes, expert opinions, and beer — all made possible by water reuse.  

  • Do-It-Yourself Cryptosporidium Detection
    Do-It-Yourself Cryptosporidium Detection

    Learn how to construct a simple and inexpensive tool for detecting cryptosporidium in your watershed — and why it’s important.

  • Radioactive Waste: Can Membranes Reduce The Fear Factor?
    Radioactive Waste: Can Membranes Reduce The Fear Factor?

    It’s no wonder that the word "radioactive" scares people. I remember Chernobyl. I was raised on The Simpsons, with its bumbling plant operators and three-eyed fish. I've followed the Fukushima tragedy closely. But, scary or not, nuclear power isn't going anywhere soon.

  • New Drinking Water Regulations Sought For Algal Toxins
    New Drinking Water Regulations Sought For Algal Toxins

    Excess nutrients, blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), and cyanotoxins have long been a problem for wastewater treatment plants — many states regulate nutrient levels in discharged water — but now drinking water plants are being eyed for regulation as well.

  • Myths And Truths About The Waters Of The U.S. Rule
    Myths And Truths About The Waters Of The U.S. Rule

    Last week the House of Representatives approved a bill to block the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule, which would expand the U.S. EPA’s authority to include many streams and wetlands that currently go unregulated under the Clean Water Act. Has the EPA gone too far, or are they just doing what is necessary to protect and enhance water quality?

  • Into The Storm: Forecasting The Future Of Water
    Into The Storm: Forecasting The Future Of Water

    “Enabling innovation ... requires a lot of the ‘right’ pieces to be in place," says Eileen O'Neill, executive director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). A discussion with O'Neill reveals the needs of the industry and the keys to success.

  • 5 Tips For Efficient Plant Operations
    5 Tips For Efficient Plant Operations

    These days, efficiency is everything. So why not learn from a company that has been around for over a century and has continually fine-tuned its operations to cut waste and add value?

  • Financial Aid For Utilities: Do You Qualify?
    Financial Aid For Utilities: Do You Qualify?

    We have the technology to make treatment plants of the future, but innovation can be expensive. Enter the federal government, offering billions in loans to finance new builds and plant upgrades.

  • A Beginner’s Guide To On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation
    A Beginner’s Guide To On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation

    Why buy, transport, and store chlorine when you can make your own? Here are nine questions to consider before adopting the practice.

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Kevin Westerling has served as the editor of Water Online, the Internet's premier source for water and wastewater solutions, since 2008. Kevin's education includes a bachelor's degree in English Literature, a minor in Journalism, and certification as a Web Content Developer. He can be reached at editor@wateronline.com.