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)
Dr. Michael O'Driscoll (Website)
Department of Geological Sciences, 204 Graham Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
Interests: surface water/groundwater interactions; stable isotope hydrology; human impacts on water resources; wastewater; environmental geology
Dr. Charles Humphrey, Jr. (Website)
Environmental Health Sciences Program, Department of Health Education and Promotion, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
Interests: On-site wasterwater; soils; land use impacts on water quality
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
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.