Special Issue "Best Available and Sustainable Wastewater and Sludge Treatment and Management Technologies for the Global South"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 102

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Markus Starkl
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Guest Editor
Competence Centre for Decision Aid in Environmental Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: sustainability and policies in water management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Whereas the Global South is still lacking suitable wastewater and sludge treatment technologies, solutions have often focused on low-cost technologies with cost as the main selection criterion. As a result, often so-called CATNEPs (cheapest available technology not entailing prosecution) technologies have been implemented, worsening the pollution problem. The often lacking maintenance of wastewater treatment technologies in the Global South has further contributed to the pollution problem. Recent international standards such as ISO 30500 (non-sewered sanitation systems—prefabricated integrated treatment units—general safety and performance requirements for design and testing) or ISO 31800 (fecal sludge treatment units—energy-independent, prefabricated, community-scale, resource recovery units—safety and performance requirements) have suggested a comprehensive set of strict environmental emission thresholds leading to BATs (best available technologies). However, best available may still not be sustainable in a Global South context.

We invite papers that analyze BAT in the Global South context and present viable approaches to solve wastewater management problems in a way that may be considered both best available and sustainable in the Global South. Hence, papers should explain in what sense and how the proposed solutions are technically superior, and why the solutions are also sustainable.

Dr. Markus Starkl
Guest Editor

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  • assessment
  • best available
  • innovative
  • non-sewered
  • policies
  • sludge
  • sustainable
  • treatment

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