Kevin Westerling Articles

  1. What Do Americans Think About Their Drinking Water?
    8/17/2016

    Survey data on U.S. consumers’ attitudes toward public drinking water confirms tough times now, but hints at better days ahead.

  2. Bacteria Monitoring In 3D
    8/10/2016

    Monitoring of bacteria in drinking water is not perfect, but the perfect compromise between the reliability of lab testing and the speed of indirect sensors may have been found — an optical, online system that provides better protection for consumers by being just good enough.

  3. 10 Technologies And Breakthroughs From ACE16
    7/14/2016

    This year's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16), held by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) from June 19 to 22, was the first following the tragedy of Flint — a time when the drinking water industry is under intense scrutiny.

  4. TSCA Modernization: A Dose Of Common Sense
    7/11/2016

    After 40 years, the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has finally been updated, much to the delight of most — but certainly not all.

  5. A Game Plan For Water Technology Innovation
    6/23/2016

    The Milken Innovation Center at the Jerusalem Institute has mapped out best practices for water industry innovation and a framework for converting ideas into action.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. “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.

  10. 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.