New Technologies in Water Treatment and Water Reuse

A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).

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Dear Colleagues,

Water treatment is becoming of great importance at global scales due to climate-driven and/or anthropogenic impacts to both the quantity and quality of available water resources. As alternatives, water reuses such as treated wastewater, desalination, and rainwater harvesting have been increasingly applied for securing water resources.

Technical/functional progresses in treatment methods and materials as well as analytical instrumentation are required in order to mitigate the uncertainty of human health and environmenal safety related to water consumtion. Recent advances of data analysis techniques (e.g., neural networks, machine learning) have enabled us to better understand and predict the efficiencies of treatment processes and to integrate monitoring data with process control and optimization.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide scientific knowledge on treatment techniques, and discoveries and applications of new materials for water treatment and reuse purposes. We welcome both research papers and technical notes, evaluating the treatability of recently developed technologies/processes covering the scope.

Studies may emphasize on: (i) state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies for secure water treatment; (ii) advanced materials to tackle the emering pollutants such as antibotics, antibiotic resistance genes, microplastics, etc.; and (iii) modeling approaches or machine learning techniques for prediction and control.

Dr. Seong-Nam Nam
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  • Water treatment and reuse
  • Green technology
  • Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs)
  • Sunlight irradiation
  • Catalytic oxidation
  • Membrane filtration
  • Desalination
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Nanocomposite materials
  • Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs)
  • Dissolved organic matter (DOM)
  • Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs)
  • Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs)

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Investigation of Microbiological Quality Changes of Roof-Harvested Rainwater Stored in the Tanks
by Monika Zdeb, Justyna Zamorska, Dorota Papciak and Agata Skwarczyńska-Wojsa
Resources 2021, 10(10), 103; - 11 Oct 2021
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Rainwater has been found to be a valuable source of drinking water in Europe, especially in such crisis situations as those caused by contamination of water uptake into water supply systems, large-scale floods or terrorist attacks (e.g., biological weapons). The microbiological quality of [...] Read more.
Rainwater has been found to be a valuable source of drinking water in Europe, especially in such crisis situations as those caused by contamination of water uptake into water supply systems, large-scale floods or terrorist attacks (e.g., biological weapons). The microbiological quality of water plays a significant role, which is directly related to the potential health risks associated with harvested rainwater (including rainwater stored in the tanks). Microbial contamination is commonly found in rainwater. However, in the literature, detailed results of qualitative and quantitative microbiological assessments are sparse and remain unexplored. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate and analyze changes in the microbiological quality of roof-harvested rainwater stored in the tanks, depending on the collection conditions (type of roof surface), storage duration and season. Authors elucidate that conditions such as storage duration, the season in which rainwater is collected, the roof-like surface types and morphology of the catchment area highly affect rainwater quality. This study showed that rainwater harvested from a galvanized steel sheet roof had the best microbial quality, regarding the lowest number of bacteria, while rainwater from a flat roof covered with epoxy resin was the worst. Further, it was detected that rainwater collected in autumn and spring obtained the best microbiological quality. Moreover, a decrease in the number of bacteria was observed in correlation to storage duration. The water became sanitary safe after six weeks of storage at 12 °C. Its use for purposes requiring drinking water quality before six weeks of storage required disinfection. Full article
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