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Themed collection Open access articles recently published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

22 articles
Open Access Perspective

A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen

A consistent terminology is proposed to resolve present inconsistencies and to facilitate distinct communication about biological nitrogen removal processes.

Graphical abstract: A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen
Open Access Perspective

Water recycling in Australia – during and after the drought

Australia responded to drought with water reform and the use of alternative water sources to ensure security of water supply, but at a cost.

Graphical abstract: Water recycling in Australia – during and after the drought
Open Access Frontier

Emerging investigators series: sewer surveillance for monitoring antibiotic use and prevalence of antibiotic resistance: urban sewer epidemiology

Sewer surveillance may be a useful tool for epidemiology that would benefit from improved understanding of the fate of microbial agents and prescription antibiotics during conveyance in sewer systems.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: sewer surveillance for monitoring antibiotic use and prevalence of antibiotic resistance: urban sewer epidemiology
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Open Access Frontier

Sediment microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment: challenges and opportunities

Sediment microbial fuel cells can potentially be applied as an energy-efficient method for wastewater treatment.

Graphical abstract: Sediment microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment: challenges and opportunities
Open Access Critical Review

Review of the molluscicide metaldehyde in the environment

Understanding the occurrence, fate and mitigation of the potent molluscicide, metaldehyde in the aquatic environment is now a major concern.

Graphical abstract: Review of the molluscicide metaldehyde in the environment
Open Access Critical Review

A human exposome framework for guiding risk management and holistic assessment of recycled water quality

In this critical review, we propose that the “human exposome” concept provides guiding principles for water reuse risk management strategies.

Graphical abstract: A human exposome framework for guiding risk management and holistic assessment of recycled water quality
Open Access Critical Review

Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems

Drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) contain complex microbial biofilm communities. Understanding the ecology of these biofilms is critical for effective management of DWDS infrastructure and maintenance of water quality.

Graphical abstract: Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems
Open Access Paper

Long-term assessment of six-stacked scaled-up MFCs treating swine manure with different electrode materials

Evaluation of different electrode materials in stacked scaled-up MFCs for swine manure treatment to move the technology towards application.

Graphical abstract: Long-term assessment of six-stacked scaled-up MFCs treating swine manure with different electrode materials
Open Access Paper

Effect of hydraulic retention time and substrate availability in denitrifying bioelectrochemical systems

This paper evaluates the influence of HRT and nitrate content on denitrifying BES.

Graphical abstract: Effect of hydraulic retention time and substrate availability in denitrifying bioelectrochemical systems
Open Access Paper

Case study: the crude MCHM chemical spill investigation and recovery in West Virginia USA

Several recent chemical spills have caused large-scale drinking water contamination incidents in Canada and the USA.

Graphical abstract: Case study: the crude MCHM chemical spill investigation and recovery in West Virginia USA
Open Access Paper

Evaluation of pollutant removal efficiency of a bioretention basin and implications for stormwater management in tropical cities

Field-scale bioretention basin performance in treating a full suite of nutrients is critically evaluated in the data-scarce tropics.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of pollutant removal efficiency of a bioretention basin and implications for stormwater management in tropical cities
Open Access Paper

Human health trade-offs in the disinfection of wastewater for landscape irrigation: microplasma ozonation vs. chlorination

Microplasma ozonation provided more human health protection than chlorination for irrigational water reuse disinfection.

Graphical abstract: Human health trade-offs in the disinfection of wastewater for landscape irrigation: microplasma ozonation vs. chlorination
Open Access Paper

Fate of microplastics and other small anthropogenic litter (SAL) in wastewater treatment plants depends on unit processes employed

The accumulation of microplastics (plastic particles less than 5 mm) and similarly sized small anthropogenic litter (SAL; e.g., cellulosic products manufactured from natural material) in aquatic ecosystems is a growing concern.

Graphical abstract: Fate of microplastics and other small anthropogenic litter (SAL) in wastewater treatment plants depends on unit processes employed
Open Access Paper

Evaluation of electron donors for biological perchlorate removal highlights the importance of diverse perchlorate-reducing populations

Electron donors tested for biological treatment of perchlorate-contaminated groundwater highlight the importance of diverse perchlorate-reducing populations for contaminant removal.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of electron donors for biological perchlorate removal highlights the importance of diverse perchlorate-reducing populations
Open Access Paper

Emerging investigators series: microbial communities in full-scale drinking water distribution systems – a meta-analysis

In this study, we co-analyze all available 16S rRNA gene sequencing studies from bulk drinking water samples in full-scale drinking water distribution systems.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: microbial communities in full-scale drinking water distribution systems – a meta-analysis
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Open Access Paper

Cost-effectiveness and community impacts of two urine-collection programs in rural South Africa

The cost-effectiveness of two different urine-collection programs in South Africa are modelled over a range of parameters and are interpreted from the perspective of both the municipality and the community.

Graphical abstract: Cost-effectiveness and community impacts of two urine-collection programs in rural South Africa
Open Access Paper

Emerging investigators series: pyrolysis removes common microconstituents triclocarban, triclosan, and nonylphenol from biosolids

Pyrolysis could be used as a biosolids processing step that reduces the amount of organic microconstituents discharged to the environment with residual biosolids.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: pyrolysis removes common microconstituents triclocarban, triclosan, and nonylphenol from biosolids
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Open Access Paper

Survey of green building water systems reveals elevated water age and water quality concerns

Widespread adoption of innovative water conservation strategies has potential unintended consequences for aesthetics and public health.

Graphical abstract: Survey of green building water systems reveals elevated water age and water quality concerns
Open Access Paper

Effect of sewage sludge type on the partitioning behaviour of pharmaceuticals: a meta-analysis

Understanding the partitioning behaviour of active pharmaceutical ingredients between sludge and aqueous phases in wastewater treatment plants is important for environmental regulation.

Graphical abstract: Effect of sewage sludge type on the partitioning behaviour of pharmaceuticals: a meta-analysis
Open Access Paper

Decontaminating chemically contaminated residential premise plumbing systems by flushing

Recent large-scale drinking water chemical contamination incidents in Canada and the U.S. have affected more than 1 000 000 people and involved disparate premise plumbing decontamination approaches.

Graphical abstract: Decontaminating chemically contaminated residential premise plumbing systems by flushing
Open Access Paper

Enhanced disinfection by-product formation due to nanoparticles in wastewater treatment plant effluents

Nanoparticles (NPs) are increasingly being incorporated into consumer products and are being used for industrial applications in ways that will lead to their environmental dissemination via wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).

Graphical abstract: Enhanced disinfection by-product formation due to nanoparticles in wastewater treatment plant effluents
Open Access Paper

Optimizing the performance of a membrane bio-electrochemical reactor using an anion exchange membrane for wastewater treatment

The use of an anion exchange membrane can significantly improve nitrogen removal in a membrane bioelectrochemical reactor.

Graphical abstract: Optimizing the performance of a membrane bio-electrochemical reactor using an anion exchange membrane for wastewater treatment
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