Kevin Westerling Articles

  1. Utilities In Search Of Direction, Look No Further
    8/31/2015

    The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is harnessing both natural resources and human drive to lead an energy surge in the water sector. WEF President Ed McCormick discusses where the industry is headed and how utilities can stay ahead of the curve.

  2. Arsenic Update: Top Technologies Revealed
    8/27/2015

    The federal regulation for arsenic has been in place since 2002, and yet many utilities remain noncompliant. The culprit isn’t treatment capability, but cost. It happens that the most popular treatment technique is also quite expensive — but it doesn’t have to be.

  3. Get PO'ed: 5 Reasons To Achieve 'Professional Operator' Certification
    8/25/2015

    A few letters after your name can make all the difference in your career — just ask any RN, CPA, or PE. They prove your ability, expertise, and work ethic. Such certification functions well for countless trades, so why not for water and wastewater operators?

  4. 'Super' Advice From Philadelphia’s Water Commissioner
    8/18/2015

    This Q&A is longer than my usual for Water Online, but the exception is warranted. It's not often that you have the opportunity to talk to a 'superhero' of sustainability.

  5. ED vs. RO: The Benefits Of Electrodialysis For Desalination
    8/11/2015

    There is no doubt that reverse osmosis (RO) currently reigns among desalination techniques, if your metric is total number of installations. But a new competitor has arisen, at least for particular applications. If you have brackish water in the 2,000 to 15,000 ppm range of total dissolved solids (TDS), you may want to consider electrodialysis (ED) over RO.

  6. 5 Tips For Sustainable Wastewater Operations
    7/23/2015

    When you think of mavens in the wastewater industry, David St. Pierre has to be near the top of the list.

  7. Surviving Drought: Utility Action Plans That Work
    7/7/2015

    After more than three years of severe drought, utilities in California can attest to the value of preparation — even if they found out the hard way, through inaction.

  8. Instant Water Quality Monitoring: It's About Time
    7/6/2015

    These are trying times in the water and wastewater industry, characterized by a general lack of resources — failing infrastructure, inadequate funding, and even a lack of water itself. But it’s also an exciting time, with new technologies guiding the way to a brighter future.

  9. 10 Tech Discoveries From ACE15
    6/26/2015

    Although drought was a particularly dominant theme this year, ACE15 offered its usual plethora of solutions for all water practitioners. The event drew in excess of 10,000 attendees from around the world with problems as varied as the systems they represent. Lucky for them, there were more than 500 exhibitors on hand at the Anaheim Convention Center with potential answers. Among the many, here are 10 products that have particular potential.

  10. EPA Fails 6 Subjects
    6/17/2015

    Like so many schoolchildren sweating out final grades, the U.S. EPA gets its own report card each year, served by the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG). Unfortunately, it’s full of bad marks.