ARTICLES BY KEVIN WESTERLING

  • 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.

  • Making America’s Water Utilities Great
    Making America’s Water Utilities Great

    This January, a national leader emerged with a plan to shake up the status quo, touting a “business” approach to rectify historic “inadequacies” of our system. And we should all be on board with the plan, because it means potentially great things for the water and wastewater industry.

  • 9 Water Technologies Ready For Liftoff
    9 Water Technologies Ready For Liftoff

    The Global Cleantech 100 identifies nine innovative water/wastewater technologies set to make significant market impact in the next decade.

  • 7 Keys To 'One Water'
    7 Keys To 'One Water'

    It’s a buzzword for the industry, but what does it really entail?

  • 5 Red Flags For Chloramination
    5 Red Flags For Chloramination

    Many drinking water utilities have made or are considering the switch from chlorine to chloramine to avoid regulated disinfection byproducts. However, the Water Research Foundation warns that chloramination presents its own set of problems.

  • Obama EPA Takes A Bow, Touts #WaterProgress
    Obama EPA Takes A Bow, Touts #WaterProgress

    In the years the U.S. EPA has worked under the Obama administration, the agency has been very active. Depending on your perspective, that may be good or bad. While some see new regulations as necessary to protect citizens and the environment (and to drive innovation in the water sector), others argue that recent actions have been overly restrictive and unduly burdensome.

  • Trump On Water Infrastructure: Fantasy Or Reality?
    Trump On Water Infrastructure: Fantasy Or Reality?

    President-elect Donald Trump is a man big on promises, a fact that has propelled him to the unofficial title of "most powerful person in the free world." Come January, it will be time to start delivering on those promises.

  • Coming To Pass: Perspective On The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
    Coming To Pass: Perspective On The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

    Do you see the glass half empty or half full? This classic pessimism vs. optimism litmus test may also dictate how you see the passage of WRDA — the water infrastructure funding bill that passed through Congress with ease in September, albeit in different versions for the Senate and the House of Representatives and still awaiting finalization.

  • EPA Speaks For Utilities On Cyanotoxins
    EPA Speaks For Utilities On Cyanotoxins

    The Drinking Water Cyanotoxin Risk Communication Toolbox takes the guesswork out of public outreach in the event of harmful algal blooms and cyanotoxin contamination.

  • Tips For Improved Dewatering
    Tips For Improved Dewatering

    An industry expert shares three universal keys to drier cake solids concentration, as well as a comparison of dewatering technologies.

  • Are EPA Mandates Overburdening The States?
    Are EPA Mandates Overburdening The States?

    A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce blasts the U.S. EPA and the Executive Branch for imposing environmental mandates without giving voice or financial consideration to the states’ plight.

  • Top 10 Technologies From WEFTEC 2016
    Top 10 Technologies From WEFTEC 2016

    300,000 square feet. That was the size of the tradeshow floor at WEFTEC, the world's largest annual water quality exhibition. I didn't see every technology showcased last month in New Orleans (over a thousand exhibitors were on hand), but here’s a “best of” list from the many that I came across — a snapshot of various technologies that stood out from the masses, exceptional for their level of innovation and potential for industry impact.

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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.