Special Issue "Effect of Water Infrastructure on Flavor and Safety of Tap Water"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Use and Scarcity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Pinar Omur-Ozbek
Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Interests: impacts of wildfires, premise plumbing and algal blooms on water quality; algal toxins; water treatment; sensory analysis of drinking water

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Consumers expect high-quality and safe drinking water flowing through their taps. Even though the quality of drinking water is regulated for the distribution system, it is not checked and regulated for the premise plumbing. The contact surface area and stagnation periods within the premise plumbing systems are considerably higher and create concern regarding reduced water quality, safety and flavor.

This Special Issue will focus on highlighting new experimental and analytical research findings, water quality modeling in premise plumbing, and research gaps regarding the impacts of water infrastructure on tap water safety and flavor. Over the years, the research focus has been on the water distribution system and its effects on water quality and safety; however, premise plumbing, especially with water saving plumbing fixtures, green building systems, and old conventional building pipes, may have a more significant impact on water quality, flavor and safety. Another focus of this Special Issue is to identify concerns related to water quality and safety during unprecedented situations such as intentional or unintentional chemical spills and the contamination of source waters, as well as significantly reduced water usage (i.e., increased water age), as was the case during the COVID-19 lockdown. It is essential to identify the reactions between the water, contaminants and pipes during such conditions and determine the impacts on water quality and safety. These research gaps need to be addressed, and this Special Issue aims to achieve this goal.

This Special Issue will collect contributions from different studies on tap water quality and modeling efforts around the world, allowing scientists to address the research gaps regarding the impacts of premise plumbing, water stagnation and source water contamination on drinking water quality, safety and flavor.

Dr. Pinar Omur-Ozbek
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • water infrastructure
  • drinking water quality
  • drinking water safety
  • premise plumbing impacts on water quality
  • water quality modeling
  • flavor of tap water
  • green building impacts on water quality
  • disinfection by-products

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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