Special Issue "Advances in On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Technologies to Characterize the Fate and Transport of Wastewater Constituents"


A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Michael O'Driscoll
Department of Geological Sciences, 204 Graham Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
Website: http://core.ecu.edu/geology/ODriscoll/ODriscoll/home.html
E-Mail: odriscollm@ecu.edu
Phone: +1 252 328 5578
Interests: surface water/groundwater interactions; stable isotope hydrology; human impacts on water resources; wastewater; environmental geology
Guest Editor
Dr. Charles Humphrey, Jr.
Environmental Health Sciences Program, Department of Health Education and Promotion, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
Website: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/hlth/HumphreyCharles.cfm
E-Mail: humphreyc@ecu.edu
Interests: On-site wasterwater; soils; land use impacts on water quality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

On-site wastewater treatment and disposal is a commonly used approach for managing household wastewater. Wastewater can contain elevated concentrations of nutrients, pathogens, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products that may affect underlying groundwater quality. If these contaminants are transported to nearby surface waters, the potential for surface water quality impairment may exist in proximity to on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS). Wastewater plumes may be challenging to map, but recent advances in tracers, geophysical techniques, and numerical modeling have brought advances to understanding the fate and transport of wastewater constituents. GIS and numerical modeling approaches have helped improve understanding of the influence of on-site wastewater management on groundwater and surface water quality at the watershed-scale in a variety of settings. Advanced OWTS technologies have resulted in improved treatment of wastewater that can reduce the risk of impairment of nearby water resources. Therefore, we would like to call for papers to disseminate and share recent findings related to on-site wastewater treatment technologies and methods to characterize OWTS effects on adjacent groundwater and surface water quality ranging from site-specific studies to broader, regional or watershed-scale studies.

Papers are selected by a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, development and application.

Original research paper or reviews are invited in the following and related areas:

  • On-site wastewater treatment methods and advanced technologies
  • On-site wastewater treatment in coastal and mountain settings
  • On-site wastewater treatment in developing countries
  • Geological and soil controls on on-site wastewater treatment
  • Meteorological controls and the potential effects of climate change on on-site wastewater treatment
  • The effects of OWTS system density and setback distances on water quality
  • Advanced technologies for tracing wastewater constituents and mapping wastewater plumes


Dr. Michael O’Driscoll
Dr. Charles Humphrey
Guest Editors


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p. 2037-2059
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Water 2015, 7(5), 2037-2059; doi:10.3390/w7052037
Received: 21 January 2015 / Revised: 27 April 2015 / Accepted: 29 April 2015 / Published: 6 May 2015
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Water 2015, 7(1), 329-347; doi:10.3390/w7010329
Received: 25 November 2014 / Revised: 17 December 2014 / Accepted: 14 January 2015 / Published: 19 January 2015
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Water 2014, 6(7), 1905-1924; doi:10.3390/w6071905
Received: 11 April 2014 / Revised: 13 June 2014 / Accepted: 19 June 2014 / Published: 26 June 2014
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Water 2014, 6(4), 1028-1042; doi:10.3390/w6041028
Received: 3 March 2014 / Revised: 17 April 2014 / Accepted: 18 April 2014 / Published: 24 April 2014
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Water 2014, 6(4), 818-838; doi:10.3390/w6040818
Received: 31 December 2013 / Revised: 13 March 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 2 April 2014
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Water 2014, 6(3), 602-619; doi:10.3390/w6030602
Received: 20 January 2014 / Revised: 11 February 2014 / Accepted: 12 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
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Water 2014, 6(1), 122-138; doi:10.3390/w6010122
Received: 9 November 2013 / Revised: 23 December 2013 / Accepted: 30 December 2013 / Published: 7 January 2014
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Water 2013, 5(4), 2026-2036; doi:10.3390/w5042026
Received: 8 October 2013 / Revised: 28 November 2013 / Accepted: 4 December 2013 / Published: 6 December 2013
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