ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • 3 Alternative Nutrient-Removal Techniques
    3 Alternative Nutrient-Removal Techniques

    With a little help from water-quality managers, Mother Nature can do the job of remediating impaired or at-risk watersheds, while making them more resilient to nutrient loading.

  • Can Co-Locating Utilities Solve The Water-Energy Nexus?
    Can Co-Locating Utilities Solve The Water-Energy Nexus?

    Resources being a scarce commodity, it’s incumbent upon us to optimize the use of water and energy as best we can. While conservation is the prime course of action for the public, the best solution for utilities may be to work smarter — by having the water-energy nexus work for us instead of against us.

  • Shortcut Nitrogen Removal: The Next Big Thing In Wastewater
    Shortcut Nitrogen Removal: The Next Big Thing In Wastewater

    A vast improvement on conventional biological nutrient removal could save the wastewater treatment industry untold millions.

  • Feeling The Warmth Of Wastewater
    Feeling The Warmth Of Wastewater

    Philadelphia’s Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant is blazing a trail for energy efficiency and sustainability by extracting heat from wastewater, via the NovaThermal Energy system.

  • Biosolids Application Creates A Stink
    Biosolids Application Creates A Stink

    Well-meaning, sustainable practice confronts “Not in my backyard!” pushback in Pennsylvania.

  • 9 Best Bets In Membrane Technology
    9 Best Bets In Membrane Technology

    A review of the most impressive, high-potential technologies featured at this year’s Membrane Technology Conference & Exhibition (AWWA/AMTA) in Las Vegas.

  • Forward Osmosis: How It Works, And Why It’s Important
    Forward Osmosis: How It Works, And Why It’s Important

    Is this innovative desalination technique ready to topple incumbent technologies? An industry expert explains the benefits and potential of forward osmosis.

  • The 4 Biggest Myths About Smart Meters
    The 4 Biggest Myths About Smart Meters

    Smart meters are no doubt the way of the future. The efficiencies they bring to water distribution make widespread implementation all but inevitable. However, as with any advanced technology (especially in the water industry), there are bound to be starts and stops along the way.

  • The Book On Consumer Outreach For Utilities
    The Book On Consumer Outreach For Utilities

    Many utilities have either waded or jumped headlong into customer communications and social media. But is any of it useful?

  • Biological Treatment 101: Suspended Growth Vs. Attached Growth
    Biological Treatment 101: Suspended Growth Vs. Attached Growth

    Optimal biological behavior is the linchpin of successful secondary wastewater treatment. Here’s an overview of two popular methods for gaining “bug control.”

  • Pump Stations Go Undercover (And Viral)
    Pump Stations Go Undercover (And Viral)

    For all the expert and vital work done in the water, wastewater, and stormwater industries, it generally doesn’t make great party conversation. Unfortunately, the efforts are so taken for granted that they go largely unnoticed by the general public. So how is it that a YouTube video about a pump station garners nearly million views and counting?

  • New Technologies Set To 'Disrupt' The Industry
    New Technologies Set To 'Disrupt' The Industry

    For the unfamiliar, the term “disruptive technology” initially sounds quite bad, as though it describes something that gets in the way. Far from impeding progress, however, disruptive technologies actually accelerate progress exponentially by disrupting the status quo. Think personal computers vs. mainframes, or cell phones vs. land lines.

  • Sensing The Future: Water Technology’s 'Holy Grail'
    Sensing The Future: Water Technology’s 'Holy Grail'

    Real-time contaminant detection, featuring a network of sensors throughout the distribution network, is poised to revolutionize the water industry.

  • Treatment Plant Discovers Fountain Of Youth, Long-Range Regulatory Compliance
    Treatment Plant Discovers Fountain Of Youth, Long-Range Regulatory Compliance

    An old (but important) drinking water facility finds new life through treatment upgrades, enabling compliance with strict water-quality regulations well into the future.

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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.