ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • American Water: Defining Our Challenges, Devising Solutions
    American Water: Defining Our Challenges, Devising Solutions

    As the lead troubleshooter and innovator for water systems serving communities across the U.S., American Water’s Dr. Benjamin Stanford is in position to effect more change than most in the water industry. What issues draw his attention, and how might they be fixed? This edition of our “Water Champions” series looks at the biggest of water challenges.

  • Hopes And Fears For Our Water Legacy
    Hopes And Fears For Our Water Legacy

    The world’s largest annual water quality event provides the setting for a public display of water affection — and anxiety.

  • 10 Water-Tech Winners From WEFTEC 2017
    10 Water-Tech Winners From WEFTEC 2017

    For the second straight year, the Water Environment Federation Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) came to McCormick Place in Chicago, returning also to the city which launched WEFTEC 90 years ago. As always, it was a showcase of the latest technologies and ideas available in the water/wastewater industry, but each show also has its own "feel" that reflects the times.

  • 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.

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Kevin Westerling

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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.