ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • 21 Questions For The EPA
    21 Questions For The EPA

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. EPA organized a Twitter chat (#safetodrink) as an open forum for questions and answers on SDWA issues, or whatever else popped up. Here's how it unfolded.

  • Drinking Water Protection — Are We Doing It Right?
    Drinking Water Protection — Are We Doing It Right?

    “We have analytical instruments that can see things in astronomically small numbers, but are we looking for the right things?”

  • The Utility Response To Terrorism
    The Utility Response To Terrorism

    Here’s a bit of information that I hope you never need to reference again, but you should be aware as a matter of preparedness.

  • Size Matters At EPA
    Size Matters At EPA

    Despite being shorthanded and missing goals, the EPA hasn’t slowed its ambition. In fact, the agency is taking on more responsibilities.

  • Breakthrough Technology Is Good For Fracking — And The Environment
    Breakthrough Technology Is Good For Fracking — And The Environment

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a demonstration project that remediates acid mine drainage water, providing both source water and useful byproducts for hydraulic fracturing operations.

  • '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.

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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.