Special Issue "Planning, Designing and Managing Decentralized Drinking Water Supply Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Since the middle of the 20th century, a major distinguishing characteristic between the developed and developing worlds is the general availability of safe drinking water. In other words, inadequate access to safe drinking water is still one of the most pervasive problems afflicting people throughout the world. Moreover, problems with water quality are predicted to worsen in the near future. This sad situation seems incomprehensible given the many available water treatment technologies developed in various parts of the world. Available and affordable solutions include century-old chemical-free tools such as biochar filtration, bone char filtration, metallic iron based systems, and slow sand filters.
In shaping strategies to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals for drinking water (SDG 6) by 2030, it was recognized that it suffices to properly translate available knowledge into applicable technologies for low-income communities. In fact, one of the main reasons for the persistent sad situation is that available knowledge is scattered in the literature and is not really critically considered while presenting new findings. It appears that there is a need for a careful evaluation of individual technologies, including their underlying design and operation principles, advantages, and limitations. In addition, their management and operation requirements, and suitability to various socioeconomic environments should be considered.
This Special Issue aims at presenting the current state-of-the-art knowledge for decentralized water treatment systems (household and small communities). The Issue particularly calls for high-quality communications, concept papers, expert opinions, research articles, and review articles on the planning, designing, and management of decentralized drinking water systems, including water treatment and water quality control. The Issue is conceived to be a harmonized documentation of the wealth of experiences in designing decentralized water treatment systems. Such documentation facilitates knowledge sharing, system evaluation, identification of knowledge gaps, and helps to design better systems.
Dr. Chicgoua Noubactep
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Activated carbon
- Bone char
- Filtration process
- Low-income communities
- Maximum contamination level
- Pilot studies
- Safe drinking water
- System design
- Water analysis
- Water treatment
- Water supply
- Zero-valent iron