ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • Award-Winning Videos On Stormwater Best Practices
    Award-Winning Videos On Stormwater Best Practices

    Unlike Hollywood, big-budget projects are hard to come by in public works. So when it comes to stormwater, the community relies on the combined efforts from an ‘ensemble’ cast of characters to help prevent pollution — as seen on StormTV.

  • 3 Game Changers For Water And Wastewater
    3 Game Changers For Water And Wastewater

    Three key events from 2015 could reshape the water/wastewater industry in 2016 and for years to come.

  • Hold The Salt, Save The Water
    Hold The Salt, Save The Water

    An important part of public safety is the application of sodium chloride — road salt, rock salt, ice melt, etc. — to reduce slippery conditions on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. But there is a downside to the liberal application of road salt: it eventually ends up in waterways and groundwater, affecting ecosystems and water quality.

  • Follow The Leader: CH2M Water President Offers 10 Pearls Of Wisdom
    Follow The Leader: CH2M Water President Offers 10 Pearls Of Wisdom

    The consulting engineering firm’s newly-named water lead sets the tone with insight on utility operations, technology development, infrastructure funding, and more.

  • Water Data Smackdown: Meet The Top 10 Innovators
    Water Data Smackdown: Meet The Top 10 Innovators

    Imagine H2O recently announced the 10 finalists from more than 90 worldwide entrants to its Water Data Challenge. Here’s a brief overview of each company and what they offer.

  • DOE Sets New Rule For Pump Efficiency
    DOE Sets New Rule For Pump Efficiency

    This one's not on you, plant operators. Rather than a charge for utilities to aim higher in performance, the latest regulation to impact water treatment operations, as well as others, falls on equipment manufacturers — those who make pumps.

  • The Chicago Way: Windy City Water Boss Addresses Top Threats, Solutions
    The Chicago Way: Windy City Water Boss Addresses Top Threats, Solutions

    In many ways, Chicago is a tough act to follow — a world-class city of both great renown and infamy. The latter may engender thoughts of mobsters and political machinations, but when it comes to water, ‘the Chicago way’ is a model of achievement and leadership to be admired.

  • Climate Change Ramifications For The Water Industry
    Climate Change Ramifications For The Water Industry

    Climate change isn’t going away — not in the literal sense, not in public discourse, and probably not as a point of contention. While the big-picture initiative arising from COP21 was to halt global warming at 1.5°C, there are many smaller, more personal (but no less important) initiatives being taken on by water and wastewater professionals.

  • Cool Tool: The Drinking Water Treatability Database
    Cool Tool: The Drinking Water Treatability Database

    Name a contaminant, any contaminant, and chances are that the U.S. EPA’s new reference tool has you covered — or at least soon will. The recently revamped Drinking Water Treatability Database is set to include more than 200 contaminants, with detailed information on what they are, where they come from, and how to get rid of them.

  • Energy Drivers: 5 Keys To WWTP Electrical Consumption
    Energy Drivers: 5 Keys To WWTP Electrical Consumption

    Data from the state of New York reveal the factors that have increased or mitigated on-grid energy consumption at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) over the past 10 years, including the one mandate pushing demand higher.

  • Utilities Under Fire: Why Rate Hikes Are A Scary Proposition
    Utilities Under Fire: Why Rate Hikes Are A Scary Proposition

    A true story (and disturbing image) of rate-increase resistance from the front lines

  • Lead and Copper Rule Reboot: Flint’s Failures Prompt Revisions
    Lead and Copper Rule Reboot: Flint’s Failures Prompt Revisions

    The federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is destined for changes attributable to hard times in Flint, MI, and the agreement from an EPA advisory council that lessons must be learned from the latest crisis.

  • Guidance From Above: Lessons In Water Technology Innovation
    Guidance From Above: Lessons In Water Technology Innovation

    Ontario has become a world leader in water and wastewater technology development. Learn what policies and practices have facilitated success and which innovations are primed for impact.

  • Sewer Mining: An Unconventional Solution To Water Scarcity
    Sewer Mining: An Unconventional Solution To Water Scarcity

    ‘Sewer mining’ may sound like a search for mistakenly flushed and washed-away valuables, but it’s actually a sophisticated, sustainable strategy for combating water scarcity.

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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.