Kevin Westerling Articles

  1. Take 5: Movies About Water
    6/13/2016

    Last month, I attended a municipal open house that was held just a few miles from the Water Online offices. The scene, like that of a movie, triggered thoughts of Hollywood's take on water issues. Just how many movies have featured water as the central theme? I came up with five.

  2. Choosing A Corrosion Control Treatment Strategy
    6/9/2016

    Here in the post-Flint era of municipal water operations, and for the foreseeable future, the loudest mandate for utilities will be to "get the lead out" of our distribution systems. Until such time that all lead lines are replaced, control strategies will need to be employed.

  3. Superpower Of Water Research Takes Flight
    6/3/2016

    While two longstanding water research groups are discontinued, from them a bigger and better organization emerges. Get to know the changing face of water research through this Q&A with Melissa Meeker, CEO of the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation.

  4. “Taxpayers’ Best Friend” Looks Into Water Technologies
    5/10/2016

    The Government Accountability Office recently assessed technologies that can potentially save the U.S. from water stress, focusing on distribution efficiency and the treatment of nontraditional sources. We provide a snapshot of GAO’s findings, including technology pros and cons, “readiness” rates, and levels of adoption.

  5. New President, New Vision For Water
    5/9/2016

    In the midst of this U.S. presidential race, a thought about Ronald Reagan (apolitical, I promise): Known as the “Great Communicator,” it’s certainly no coincidence that Reagan was an actor before becoming president; and honed communication skills, especially in times of trouble, are vital to effective leadership.

  6. The Bible On Effective Utility Management
    4/28/2016

    The U.S. EPA and multiple water groups recently gathered during Water Week 2016 in Washington, D.C. to announce updates to an essential guide for effective utility management (EUM). If utilities aren't already familiar with this document, they need to be. 

  7. The Future Of Industrial Water Reuse
    4/25/2016

    A market expert shines a light on the bright spots and trouble spots for industrial water reuse, revealing who should consider the practice and why.

  8. Raising Water Rates: What Message Works Best?
    4/5/2016

    I sympathize with water and wastewater utilities. Tasked with more responsibility than ever, too often they aren’t supported with the necessary financial resources. To draw a baseball analogy, apropos for this time of year, it's like trying to win the World Series with minimal payroll (capital improvement funds) and old, broken-down players (infrastructure).

  9. 'Seize The Day' On New Water Technology
    3/21/2016

    When the time comes, will you be ready?

  10. Power Resiliency Tips For Water And Wastewater Utilities
    3/16/2016

    Are you prepared to keep services up and running if the grid goes down?