Research on Rural Water Pollution Control and Resource Utilization

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Wastewater Treatment and Reuse".

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Changsha Research Station for Agricultural & Environmental Monitoring, Key Laboratory of Agro-Ecological Processes in Subtropical Regions, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changsha 410125, China
Interests: bioreactors; microbial amplification; nutrient removal and recovery; environmental monitoring; wetlands; agricultural non-point pollution

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State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, National Engineering Laboratory for Lake Pollution Control and Ecological Restoration, StateEnvironmental Protection Scientifc Observation and Research Station for Lake Dongtinghu (SEPSORSLD), Research Centre of Lake Environment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
Interests: environmental pollution and protection; constructed wetland; nitrogen transformation; microbial communities; ecological restoration of lakes

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1. State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China
2. Zigui Three Gorges Reservoir Ecosystem, Observation and Research Station of Ministry of Water Resource of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Shuitianba, Zigui, Yichang, China
Interests: dissolved organic matter; bioreactor; phototrophic biofilms; environmental biotechnology; non-point source pollution control
College of Environment and Ecology, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
Interests: advanced oxidation technology; catalytic oxidation; ozone-based AOTs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, rural wastewater has come to pose a series great threats to environmental pollution and aquatic ecological safety. The discharges of rural sewage, animal breeding wastewater, and aquaculture tailwater, always result in many black and odorous water bodies and serious drinking water shortages, especially in developing regions. Cost-effective treatment technology ensures a wide applicability in rural areas around the world. Resource utilization is also a treatment method from some perspectives, one which can contribute to the cyclic uitilization of water and nutrient in rural wastewater. Villagers’ intention is remarkable resource with which to achieve the sustainable construction and management of rural wastwtaer treatment facilities.  

In this Special Issue, articles summarizing the review, management, and treatment technology of rural water pollution are welcome. Understanding transformation characteristics and on-line monitoring of physical, chemical and biological processes is necessary for the removal of various pollutants from rural wastewater. Novel practices for improving treatment performances of constructed wetlands, bioreactors, membranes, soil purificaiton systems, et al., in addition to exploring  organic solid waste treatment and resource utilization, are encouraged.  In addition, the evalution of decentralized wastewater management modes is interesting and presents a challenge for overcoming the uncertainties with regard to  improving wastewater treatment efficiency in rural areas. 

Prof. Dr. Feng Liu
Prof. Dr. Shaoyong Lu
Dr. Junzhuo Liu
Dr. Li Gu
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  • rural decentralized wastewater
  • optimal operation
  • pollutant removal and nutrient recovery
  • facility management
  • resource utilization

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Treatment of Black-Odorous Water Using Submerged Plants: The Physiological Response of Vallisneria natans
by Mian Wu, Huijuan Hao, Yili Ge, Tong Pu, Ziyun He, Dabing Ge, Eldon R. Rene and Zhenrong Huang
Water 2023, 15(4), 653; - 08 Feb 2023
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The main aim of this research was to determine the physiological response of the submerged macrophyte Vallisneria natans (V. natans) to black water with a foul odor. V. natans was chosen as the experimental plant species to investigate the morphological response [...] Read more.
The main aim of this research was to determine the physiological response of the submerged macrophyte Vallisneria natans (V. natans) to black water with a foul odor. V. natans was chosen as the experimental plant species to investigate the morphological response and ecophysiological adaptation methods in response to varying light depths and black-odorous water. V. natans was planted in tap water (D), two types of black-odorous water (E and F), and under three distinct light conditions (low light, medium light, and high light). In the high-light condition with black-odorous water (E), the biomass content of V. natans declined from 1.78 g on the 14th day to 1.49 g on the 28th day, demonstrating that the black-odorous water inhibited the growth of V. natans. Under the stress of black-odorous water, the chlorophyll content of V. natans increased greatly in the early period but reduced during the latter experimental period. However, on the 21st day, maximum chlorophyll content of 1.30 mg/g (E) and 1.18 mg/g (F) was observed. In addition, the malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and peroxidase (POD) activity was monitored and reported under black-odorous water stress in V. natans. The experimental results of this work demonstrated conclusively that odorous black water exerts a certain stress on the physiological development of V. natans. Future research should incorporate the evaluation of several plant species and vary the process and environmental conditions to produce field-relevant, dependable results. Full article
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