ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • 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.

  • New Standard Applies To Every Water Manager, Everywhere
    New Standard Applies To Every Water Manager, Everywhere

    Innovation can take many forms. In the water and wastewater industry, new and emerging technologies get most of the credit for being innovative and potentially transformative. However, new modes of thinking can have equal and sometimes greater impact.

  • Expert Advice On The Lead-Free Law And Compliance
    Expert Advice On The Lead-Free Law And Compliance

    The national lead-free law that went into effect in January 2014 arrived with a certain amount of confusion tied to it. What does “lead free” really mean? What constitutes a pipe, pipe fitting, plumbing fitting, or fixture? How are lead-free products identified? How is the law enforced?

  • Pump-Efficiency Killers (And What To Do About Them)
    Pump-Efficiency Killers (And What To Do About Them)

    Tips on improving pump efficiency and decreasing energy consumption

  • How To Avoid Sewer Stench And Corrosion
    How To Avoid Sewer Stench And Corrosion

    You might think sewer stench should be expected, considering what’s flowing through the pipes. But that’s not the expectation of the public — nor should it be, since there are tools available to greatly mitigate offensive odors.

  • Views From The Top: GE Water CEO On The Future Of Reuse
    Views From The Top: GE Water CEO On The Future Of Reuse

    Speaking on the state of the challenging water/wastewater treatment market — hampered in recent years by slow municipal growth — Heiner Markhoff, a leading voice in the water treatment technology market, sees “light at the end of the tunnel.” Find out why in this exclusive Q&A with Water Online.

  • Top 10 Water Technologies From ACE14
    Top 10 Water Technologies From ACE14

    Which were the most impressive products from one of the water industry’s premier technology showcases?

  • Has Fracking Gone ‘Green’?
    Has Fracking Gone ‘Green’?

    There are few topics more controversial these days than hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). While the debate rages on as to whether fracking poses a risk to water quality, a new desalination technique addresses two other environmental concerns: water scarcity and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the breakthrough technology uses excess carbon dioxide created in the fracking process to desalinate the process water, making it available for water reuse. It also generates chemicals — hydrochloric acid and carbonate salts — that are valuable for many industrial applications.

  • Revolutionary Sludge Management Comes To America
    Revolutionary Sludge Management Comes To America

    Wastewater utilities have a new opportunity to turn their sludge (biosolids) into something special.

  • Next-Generation Arsenic Removal
    Next-Generation Arsenic Removal

    A novel process gives spent adsorptive media — and utilities’ budgets — new life.

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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.