Special Issue "New Perspective on Water Security Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2022) | Viewed by 2460

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Dr. Stavroula Tsitsifli
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University of Thessaly, Greece
Interests: drinking water security; water supply and water distribution; risk and hazard analysis; water resources
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Dear Colleagues,

Freshwater security is a highly important issue due to the severe consequences on human heath as well as economic and environmental activities. Water is important for sustainability, development, and human well-being. Drinking water security and safety should be the first priority for day-to-day management of water utilities. Water needs to be safeguarded against any kinds of threats, regardless of intended or otherwise. As water supply systems are complex, they face several risks. Many tools to are available to confront such risks and to safeguard water security. Collaboration across sectors and communities is required to ensure safe water for all.

In this context, this Special Issue aims to provide insights into new perspectives on water security management. Specific topics to be included are: drinking water supply, water security, water safety, simulation and optimization techniques, risk assessment tools, water quality, and risk management.

Dr. Stavroula Tsitsifli

Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • water security
  • water safety
  • drinking water
  • risks
  • hazards
  • water resources
  • water supply systems
  • water distribution

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Heavy Metals and Nutrients Loads in Water, Soil, and Crops Irrigated with Effluent from WWTPs in Blantyre City, Malawi
Water 2022, 14(1), 121; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010121 - 05 Jan 2022
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Heavy metals may cause acute and chronic toxic effects to humans and other organisms, hence the need to treat wastewater properly, as it contains these toxicants. This work aimed at assessing zinc, copper, cadmium, and chromium in water, soil, and plants that are [...] Read more.
Heavy metals may cause acute and chronic toxic effects to humans and other organisms, hence the need to treat wastewater properly, as it contains these toxicants. This work aimed at assessing zinc, copper, cadmium, and chromium in water, soil, and plants that are irrigated with effluent from Manase and Soche Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) in Blantyre, Malawi. Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS) was used to assess the heavy metals. Heavy Metal Health Risk Assessment (HMHRA) on plants (vegetables) around both WWTPs was also conducted. Average daily dose (ADD) and target hazard quotients (THQ) were used to assess HMHRA. Physicochemical parameters were determined using standard methods from American Public Health Association (APHA). The heavy metal ranges were below detection limit (BDL) to 6.94 mg/L in water, 0.0003 to 4.48 mg/kg in soil, and 3 to 32 mg/L in plants. The results revealed that plants irrigated with effluent from WWTP had high values of aforementioned metals exceeding the Malawi Standards and WHO permissible limits. Furthermore, the health risk assessment values showed that vegetables consumed for a long period of time from Manase WWTP were likely to cause adverse health effects as compared to those from Soche WWTP. Full article
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Decision-Making Tools to Manage the Microbiology of Drinking Water Distribution Systems
Water 2020, 12(5), 1247; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12051247 - 27 Apr 2020
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This paper uses a two-fold multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) approach applied for the first time to the field of microbial management of drinking water distribution systems (DWDS). Specifically, the decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL) was applied removing the need for reliance on expert [...] Read more.
This paper uses a two-fold multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) approach applied for the first time to the field of microbial management of drinking water distribution systems (DWDS). Specifically, the decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL) was applied removing the need for reliance on expert judgement, and analysed interdependencies among water quality parameters and microbiological characteristics of DWDS composed of different pipe materials. In addition, the fuzzy technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (FTOPSIS) ranked the most common bacteria identified during trials in a DWDS according to their relative abundance while managing vagueness affecting the measurements. The novel integrated approach presented and proven here for an initial real world data set provides new insights in the interdependence of environmental conditions and microbial populations. Specifically, the application shows as the bacteria having associated the most significant microbial impact may not be the most abundant. This offers the potential for integrated management strategies to promote favourable microbial conditions to help safeguard drinking water quality. Full article
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