Special Issue "Resilient Water-Wise Cities: Social, Environmental and Technical Contributions of Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Water-Reuse Techniques"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Ilaria Gnecco
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Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (DICCA), University of Genoa, Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genova, Italy
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Interests: urban drainage modelling; source control measures; sustainable solutions for urban drainage systems; water quality; water resources management
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ward
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Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Interests: urban water management; alternative water supply systems; public engagement, governance, and policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to consider a range of perspectives on and approaches to transformation for resilient and water-wise cities. Included papers should present recent advances, which can be social, environmental or technical in character, in relation to rainwater harvesting systems and water-reuse techniques with the aim of enhancing resilience and becoming more water-wise. Broad principles for the following objectives are also welcome: resilience to hydrological extremes (drought and flood); water quality impact; source runoff control; water resources protection; embedding socio-cultural values; facilitating changing social practices.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Modelling the hydrologic response of urban catchments under different scenarios implementing rainwater harvesting systems;
  • Understanding household resilience through rainwater harvesting;
  • Monitoring the hydraulic, quality and other performance aspects of rainwater harvesting and water reuse at the building scale;
  • Assessing socio-economic impacts;
  • Urban planning strategies to increase the resilience to hydrological extreme;
  • Exploring the role of community connections to rainwater harvesting and water reuse;
  • Using novel methods to investigate underexplored perpectives on water, resilience and cities

Assoc. Prof. Ilaria Gnecco
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ward
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • rainwater harvesting
  • water reuse
  • stormwater runoff quality
  • source control systems
  • water management and governance
  • socio-economic indicators
  • urban resilience measures
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • mixed methods
  • interpretive social science

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Heritage-Based Water Harvesting Solutions
Water 2019, 11(5), 924; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11050924 - 01 May 2019
Abstract
Old city centers are often protected against the introduction of new architectural elements and require site-specific and respectful solutions for sustainable water management. Revitalizing part of ancient water systems matches more than one sustainable development goal. Ancient water management tools may be reinterpreted [...] Read more.
Old city centers are often protected against the introduction of new architectural elements and require site-specific and respectful solutions for sustainable water management. Revitalizing part of ancient water systems matches more than one sustainable development goal. Ancient water management tools may be reinterpreted and innovated to preserve environmental resources, cultural heritage, and tradition, leading to new valuable heritage-based solutions (HBSs). The realization of rain water harvesting and reuse (RWHR) systems incorporating ancient elements of old water distribution systems, is proposed as an HBS for sustainable water management in old city centers. The case of Venice ancient cisterns (veras) is examined and discussed. Full article
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