Special Issue "Management of Urban Water Services"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Interests: Management of water services; water and environmental policy; urban water management; performance assessment of water services; benchmarking; regulation; water and energy
Interests: canal automation, hazard analysis, model predictive control, street flow, urban floods, urban hydrology
In today’s world, urban water services are coming under great pressure. The world’s population keeps increasing exponentially and there is a significant and clear shift of population from rural to urban areas. As a result, the number of megacities in the world is quickly increasing and this rapid growth presents a phenomenal challenge for water and sanitation service providers.
This urban growth is taking place in countries where the situation of water and sanitation services is deficient, making difficult the achievement of SDG 6 and providing universal access to services for all users. In those places with 100% coverage, maintaining the quality of service is also proving to be difficult.
In richer countries, the challenges may be different but still demanding. Infrastructures are aging rapidly and past renewal rates have failed to guarantee their sustainability in many cases, and large investments will be required in the near future to improve the situation. Managing these assets, while maintaining and improving the quality of service for future generations and further reducing the environmental impacts at the same time are objectives that should be high on the list of priorities of urban water services.
While facing all these challenges, water services are also witnessing a quick development in the tools and methods that can be used to face them. The industry is experiencing a digital revolution. For decades, the water industry has been collecting a huge amount of data that has not necessarily led to better solutions. However, with the evolution of the Internet of Things, machine learning and big data solutions, the way that water services are managed could experience significant changes in the years to come.
This Special Issue aims to gather knowledge on the new challenges and solutions in the management of urban water services. Both applied and methodological research papers are welcome, portraying the state of the art, but also the future trends in this area.
Prof. Dr. Enrique Cabrera
Prof. Dr. Manuel Gómez Valentín
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- Urban water management
- Infrastructure asset management
- Water loss management
- Performance assessment and improvement of water services
- Digital water
- Smart water networks
- Internet of Things