Kevin Westerling Articles

  1. '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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Surviving Drought: Utility Action Plans That Work
    7/6/2015

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 2015 State Of The Water Industry, Or Groundhog Day?
    6/5/2015

    Each year, AWWA publishes their State Of The Water Industry report, which is a direct reflection of its members’ concerns via survey responses. I keep waiting to be surprised by the results, but the fateful moment of review feels something more like the movie Groundhog Day — reliving the same experience over and over.

  9. Zombie Pharm: Bugs Bring PPCPs Back From The Dead
    5/19/2015

    Like a water-industry version of The Walking Dead, trace chemicals and pharmaceuticals are given new life when exposed to microbes in the wastewater treatment process.

  10. A Master’s Plan For Water Industry Success
    5/11/2015

    The top concerns, trends, and opportunities in water are revealed by a leading voice in the industry — AWWA's CEO, David LaFrance.