Special Issue "Source Water Protection: State of the Art and Science"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017).
The protection of drinking water sources, or source water protection, is often described as the first barrier in the multi-barrier approach to safe drinking water. Source water protection is practiced through land use planning and management activities aimed at reducing the risk of water supply contamination. The premise behind source water protection is that it is far more cost effective, ecologically sustainable and socially responsible to protect a drinking water source than it is to remediate a contaminated source.
While the rationale for source water protection is obvious, the practice and uptake of source water protection is less well understood. There are few standardized models or accepted beneficial practices for source water protection planning. In addition, capacity needs to support source water protection further restrict both small and large public water supply operators from engaging in source water protection. Fragmented and often ill-defined water governance structures add further complexity to the practice of source water protection. As a result, water treatment technologies and other ‘end-of-pipe’ approaches continue to over-shadow the more preventative, and proactive, source water protection planning approach.
This Special Issue will bring together a collection of diverse papers with a focus on local experiences with source water protection planning and practice. The purpose of this Special Issue is to better understand the art and science of source water protection. The disciplinary contributions will come from public health, geography, law, policy studies, sustainability science, land use planning, and the physical sciences.
Dr. Robert J Patrick
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Source water protection
- Groundwater supply
- Surface water supply
- Public health
- Public drinking water
- Land use planning
- Drinking water contamination
- Water governance