ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • Calling Out The EPA On Water Issues
    Calling Out The EPA On Water Issues

    Everyone must answer to someone — even the rule-makers themselves. While it may seem to water and wastewater utilities that the U.S. EPA is the end of the line, there is yet another government agency that holds the EPA's feet to the fire.

  • The Fall Of Water Quality: Blame It On The Leaves
    The Fall Of Water Quality: Blame It On The Leaves

    As sweater weather approaches, it’s a good time to revisit a USGS report from last year highlighting the importance of leaf removal for keeping phosphorus and nitrogen out of urban stormwater.

  • 4 Steps For Controlling Water Loss At Small Utilities
    4 Steps For Controlling Water Loss At Small Utilities

    The bigger water utilities have the resources, but small utilities face many of the same problems — namely failing pipeline infrastructure and water loss. So what are the solutions and best practices within small utilities’ grasp? One small utility shared its successful approach to controlling water loss as guidance for those with similar struggles.

  • In It Together: Water Pros Share Problems And Solutions
    In It Together: Water Pros Share Problems And Solutions

    You might say that there’s a lot wrong with the water industry — problems including infrastructure, financing, and scarcity — but there’s also a lot going right. In this Q&A, Water Environment Federation (WEF) President Rick Warner is a source of insight and optimism.

  • Baby Boomers, Millennials, And The Future Of The Water Industry
    Baby Boomers, Millennials, And The Future Of The Water Industry

    What is the effect of the baby boomer-to-millennial personnel changeover as it relates to technology, knowledge transfer, and the future of the water industry? Water Online surveyed technology providers who serve the utility and engineering community on their perceptions of and preparations for the transition.

  • Generational Thinking In Water Management
    Generational Thinking In Water Management

    Kansas City’s Smart Sewer program represents the nation’s first federal consent decree to include green infrastructure solutions in the reduction of wastewater overflows, as well as the city’s largest infrastructure investment to date. Projects that include the words “first” and “largest” do not come along without the strong leadership of a “Water Champion” such as Special Assistant City Manager Andy Shively, PE, who shares his experience and expertise in this Q&A.

  • Smart Water Questions Answered
    Smart Water Questions Answered

    A smart-water expert details the impact of data and analytics on the water sector.

  • 10 Knockout Technologies From ACE17
    10 Knockout Technologies From ACE17

    AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) hits The City of Brotherly Love with a flurry of new technologies.

  • Water Worries In 2017 And Beyond
    Water Worries In 2017 And Beyond

    The American Water Works Association’s annual State of the Water Industry (SOTWI) study reveals declining confidence compared to recent years.

  • 10 Reasons Why Baltimore Is A Great Water City
    10 Reasons Why Baltimore Is A Great Water City

    Rudolph S. Chow, director of the City of Baltimore's Department of Public Works, shares three decades of insight in the course of 10 questions and answers.

  • Bleeding Blue: Issues, Opportunity Greet New AWWA President
    Bleeding Blue: Issues, Opportunity Greet New AWWA President

    Airtime for water industry issues used to be a rarity in mainstream news, but that has changed of late — a development that is not particularly welcome, considering that bad news makes for good copy.

  • What Now? EPA Priorities In The Trump Era
    What Now? EPA Priorities In The Trump Era

    The U.S. EPA has a job to do despite having its financial and human resources trimmed by the new presidential administration. Three U.S. EPA Office of Water directors, presenting at the 2017 Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) Washington Forum, laid out action plans for addressing the nation's most pressing water-quality threats in a manner that can (or must) achieve results efficiently.

  • Help Wanted? Dive Into The Water Industry's Latest Talent Pool
    Help Wanted? Dive Into The Water Industry's Latest Talent Pool

    The labor crisis at water and wastewater utilities across the U.S. is well documented, but answers to the problem — a graying workforce retiring en masse, resulting in both physical vacancies and knowledge gaps to fill — are much harder to find.

  • Water Reuse Within Reach: Guidance For Potential Practitioners
    Water Reuse Within Reach: Guidance For Potential Practitioners

    “Water Champion” Paula Kehoe looks to do for the nation what she did for San Francisco — to greatly expand water reuse opportunities and implementation. In this Q&A, she discusses her new role as chair of a national commission for onsite non-potable reuse, the San Francisco model, and the best practices and obstacles for sustainable water operations.

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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.