Special Issue "Sustainable Urban Water Management"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2012)
Dr. Fabio Masi
IRIDRA Srl, Via La Marmora 51, 50121, Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 470729
Fax: +39 055 475593
Interests: constructed wetlands for water pollution control; sustainable water management; sustainable urban drainage systems; diffuse pollution; fate of pollutants; pollutant degradation pathways
Climate change and rapid growth of urban population is dramatically affecting water management: by one side urban water demand is continuously increasing, on the other side urbanization has produced heavy hydrologic modifications at the water basin scale. Most of the current strategies about water management are only blindly focused on developing new sources in order to face the constantly increasing demand of the primary resource. The paradigm seems to be: in reply to population increase, growth of densely populated areas, improvement of the economic conditions, a corresponding increase in the total water consumption has to be met. This concept does not fit at all, in most of the occasions, with the present and future water availability of the concerned territory, and often leads to new infrastructure very expensive to build and maintain. But the paradigm can be shifted! And the shift must go towards sustainability.
However, is there consensus about what sustainability would mean in terms of water management? According to recent works, water would have to be used in cycles, or cascades, possibly with source separation of different flows in order to make treatment and reuse easier. Various water sources, rain, surface water, groundwater, would have to be integrated into the urban fabric, instead of being just safely evacuated, in order to provide water for consumption but also for ecosystems and ecosystem services. Actually ecosystems would be developed in order to provide services, which are now often sought through technical appliances. Nutrients contained in domestic wastewater would return to soil and crop production. The main investments shouldn’t go in building or upgrading sewer systems and supply nets, and should be focused instead at house-hold level, improving time by time the efficiency of the cycle for replying to the increasing demand.
The special issue of Water on Sustainable Water Management that we are proposing for your contributions will comprise papers on techniques for onsite water and nutrients saving and reuse such as rainwater harvesting, flow reduction, closed-loop or cascade water systems in residential and commercial buildings, wastewater segregation, greywater treatment, nutrients recovery.
Therefore, we would like to call for papers to disseminate and share findings on similar practices of sustainable water management in addressing problems and opportunities scientifically. Papers are selected by a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, development and application in the wider area of sustainable water management.
Original research papers or critical reviews are invited.
Dr. Fabio Masi, Ph.D.
- water saving
- integrated water management
- reuse of water
- reuse of nutrients
- source separation
- constructed wetlands
- rainwater harvesting
- nutrients recovery
Water 2013, 5(2), 356-378; doi:10.3390/w5020356
Received: 1 February 2013; in revised form: 8 March 2013 / Accepted: 21 March 2013 / Published: 3 April 2013| Cited by 1 | PDF Full-text (295 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: A New Methodology for Evaluating Potential for Potable Water Savings (PPWS) by Using Rainwater Harvesting at the Urban Level: The Case of the Municipality of Colombes (Paris Region)
Water 2013, 5(1), 312-326; doi:10.3390/w5010312
Received: 2 February 2013; in revised form: 2 March 2013 / Accepted: 11 March 2013 / Published: 18 March 2013| Cited by 3 | PDF Full-text (610 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Water 2013, 5(1), 67-93; doi:10.3390/w5010067
Received: 5 November 2012; in revised form: 14 December 2012 / Accepted: 6 January 2013 / Published: 23 January 2013| Cited by 4 | PDF Full-text (3997 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Assessment of Biosorption Activated Media Under Roadside Swales for the Removal of Phosphorus from Stormwater
Water 2013, 5(1), 53-66; doi:10.3390/w5010053
Received: 8 November 2012; in revised form: 12 December 2012 / Accepted: 8 January 2013 / Published: 16 January 2013| PDF Full-text (2014 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Water 2013, 5(1), 29-52; doi:10.3390/w5010029
Received: 14 November 2012; in revised form: 4 January 2013 / Accepted: 6 January 2013 / Published: 14 January 2013| PDF Full-text (360 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Water 2013, 5(1), 13-28; doi:10.3390/w5010013
Received: 24 November 2012; in revised form: 13 December 2012 / Accepted: 28 December 2012 / Published: 8 January 2013| PDF Full-text (322 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Constructed Wetlands for Combined Sewer Overflow Treatment—Comparison of German, French and Italian Approaches
Water 2013, 5(1), 1-12; doi:10.3390/w5010001
Received: 30 October 2012; in revised form: 17 December 2012 / Accepted: 19 December 2012 / Published: 24 December 2012| Cited by 3 | PDF Full-text (425 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Innovative Urban Water Management as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy: Results from the Implementation of the Project “Water Against Climate Change (WATACLIC)”
Water 2012, 4(4), 1025-1038; doi:10.3390/w4041025
Received: 7 October 2012; in revised form: 29 November 2012 / Accepted: 11 December 2012 / Published: 19 December 2012| Cited by 1 | PDF Full-text (392 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Water 2012, 4(4), 995-1008; doi:10.3390/w4040995
Received: 10 October 2012; in revised form: 25 November 2012 / Accepted: 12 December 2012 / Published: 17 December 2012| Cited by 1 | PDF Full-text (861 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Regulation of Water Pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing in Horizontally-Drilled Wells in the Marcellus Shale Region, USA
Water 2012, 4(4), 983-994; doi:10.3390/w4040983
Received: 9 October 2012; in revised form: 16 November 2012 / Accepted: 22 November 2012 / Published: 4 December 2012| Cited by 5 | PDF Full-text (607 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: A Mass Balance Model for Designing Green Roof Systems that Incorporate a Cistern for Re-Use
Water 2012, 4(4), 914-931; doi:10.3390/w4040914
Received: 18 September 2012; in revised form: 29 October 2012 / Accepted: 7 November 2012 / Published: 13 November 2012| PDF Full-text (410 KB) | HTML Full-text
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