ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • Arsenic Update: Top Technologies Revealed
    Arsenic Update: Top Technologies Revealed

    The federal regulation for arsenic has been in place since 2002, and yet many utilities remain noncompliant. The culprit isn’t treatment capability, but cost. It happens that the most popular treatment technique is also quite expensive — but it doesn’t have to be.

  • Get PO'ed: 5 Reasons To Achieve 'Professional Operator' Certification
    Get PO'ed: 5 Reasons To Achieve 'Professional Operator' Certification

    A few letters after your name can make all the difference in your career — just ask any RN, CPA, or PE. They prove your ability, expertise, and work ethic. Such certification functions well for countless trades, so why not for water and wastewater operators?

  • 'Super' Advice From Philadelphia’s Water Commissioner
    'Super' Advice From Philadelphia’s Water Commissioner

    This Q&A is longer than my usual for Water Online, but the exception is warranted. It's not often that you have the opportunity to talk to a 'superhero' of sustainability.

  • ED vs. RO: The Benefits Of Electrodialysis For Desalination
    ED vs. RO: The Benefits Of Electrodialysis For Desalination

    There is no doubt that reverse osmosis (RO) currently reigns among desalination techniques, if your metric is total number of installations. But a new competitor has arisen, at least for particular applications. If you have brackish water in the 2,000 to 15,000 ppm range of total dissolved solids (TDS), you may want to consider electrodialysis (ED) over RO.

  • 5 Tips For Sustainable Wastewater Operations
    5 Tips For Sustainable Wastewater Operations

    When you think of mavens in the wastewater industry, David St. Pierre has to be near the top of the list.

  • Surviving Drought: Utility Action Plans That Work
    Surviving Drought: Utility Action Plans That Work

    After more than three years of severe drought, utilities in California can attest to the value of preparation — even if they found out the hard way, through inaction.

  • Instant Water Quality Monitoring: It's About Time
    Instant Water Quality Monitoring: It's About Time

    These are trying times in the water and wastewater industry, characterized by a general lack of resources — failing infrastructure, inadequate funding, and even a lack of water itself. But it’s also an exciting time, with new technologies guiding the way to a brighter future.

  • 10 Tech Discoveries From ACE15
    10 Tech Discoveries From ACE15

    Although drought was a particularly dominant theme this year, ACE15 offered its usual plethora of solutions for all water practitioners. The event drew in excess of 10,000 attendees from around the world with problems as varied as the systems they represent. Lucky for them, there were more than 500 exhibitors on hand at the Anaheim Convention Center with potential answers. Among the many, here are 10 products that have particular potential.

  • EPA Fails 6 Subjects
    EPA Fails 6 Subjects

    Like so many schoolchildren sweating out final grades, the U.S. EPA gets its own report card each year, served by the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG). Unfortunately, it’s full of bad marks.

  • 2015 State Of The Water Industry, Or Groundhog Day?
    2015 State Of The Water Industry, Or Groundhog Day?

    Each year, AWWA publishes their State Of The Water Industry report, which is a direct reflection of its members’ concerns via survey responses. I keep waiting to be surprised by the results, but the fateful moment of review feels something more like the movie Groundhog Day — reliving the same experience over and over.

  • Zombie Pharm: Bugs Bring PPCPs Back From The Dead
    Zombie Pharm: Bugs Bring PPCPs Back From The Dead

    Like a water-industry version of The Walking Dead, trace chemicals and pharmaceuticals are given new life when exposed to microbes in the wastewater treatment process.

  • A Master’s Plan For Water Industry Success
    A Master’s Plan For Water Industry Success

    The top concerns, trends, and opportunities in water are revealed by a leading voice in the industry — AWWA's CEO, David LaFrance.

  • The Do’s And Don’ts Of MBR Pretreatment
    The Do’s And Don’ts Of MBR Pretreatment

    They say a picture's worth a thousand words. If that's true, this image of a fouled membrane bioreactor (MBR) system needs little prelude — it's simply what happens when you don't properly protect your membranes with pretreatment.

  • New Rules: A Review Of Regulatory Reform Proposals
    New Rules: A Review Of Regulatory Reform Proposals

    What does a Republican-led Congress mean for the future of environmental regulations? A legislative insider provides the scoop.

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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.