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Wastewater research and surveillance: an ethical exploration

This article provides an ethical exploration of wastewater research surveillance, incorporating insights from data ethics, public health ethics, research ethics, and environmental and water ethics.

Graphical abstract: Wastewater research and surveillance: an ethical exploration
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Open Access Perspective

Targeting current and future threats: recent methodological trends in environmental antimicrobial resistance research and their relationships to risk assessment

Recent research on antimicrobial resistance in the environment has emphasized targeted methods. Increased use of non-targeted methods is needed to determine how frequently novel resistance genes arise.

Graphical abstract: Targeting current and future threats: recent methodological trends in environmental antimicrobial resistance research and their relationships to risk assessment
Open Access Perspective

Plant-wide systems microbiology for the wastewater industry

Infiltrating systems microbiology concepts in the water industry requires the development of a language of love and shared endpoints in analytical bioscience and process engineering at the (waste)water line.

Graphical abstract: Plant-wide systems microbiology for the wastewater industry
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Open Access Frontier

The potential contribution of urine source separation to the SDG agenda – a review of the progress so far and future development options

Closing the human nutrient cycle with decentralized urine separation would help to achieve progress in food security and water protection – especially in poor countries. For this, radical innovation is needed along the whole sanitation value chain.

Graphical abstract: The potential contribution of urine source separation to the SDG agenda – a review of the progress so far and future development options
Open Access Tutorial Review

Quantitative sustainable design (QSD) for the prioritization of research, development, and deployment of technologies: a tutorial and review

This tutorial review synthesizes literature on sustainability analyses to introduce quantitative sustainable design (QSD) for technology research, development, and deployment.

Graphical abstract: Quantitative sustainable design (QSD) for the prioritization of research, development, and deployment of technologies: a tutorial and review
Open Access Critical Review

Addressing main challenges in the tertiary treatment of urban wastewater: are homogeneous photodriven AOPs the answer?

Homogeneous photodriven advanced oxidation processes (HP-AOPs) have been increasingly investigated in past years as a possible alternative solution to conventional tertiary treatment methods of urban wastewater.

Graphical abstract: Addressing main challenges in the tertiary treatment of urban wastewater: are homogeneous photodriven AOPs the answer?
Open Access Critical Review

Macroscopic covalent organic framework architectures for water remediation

This article has critically reviewed the story of macroscopic developments of COFs for water remediation. The various macroscopic COFs for removing toxic organic and inorganic pollutants have been systematically surveyed.

Graphical abstract: Macroscopic covalent organic framework architectures for water remediation
Open Access Communication

Arsenic removal from Peruvian drinking water using milk protein nanofibril–carbon filters: a field study

A field study was carried out in Peru to remove arsenic from water in arsenic-contaminated regions using milk protein nanofibril filters. Results show that this technology can bring back water to drinking standard in both urban and rural settings.

Graphical abstract: Arsenic removal from Peruvian drinking water using milk protein nanofibril–carbon filters: a field study
Open Access Communication

Standardizing data reporting in the research community to enhance the utility of open data for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance

We propose a minimum set of meta-information to accompany the reporting of SARS-CoV-2 occurrence in wastewater for improved data interpretation.

Graphical abstract: Standardizing data reporting in the research community to enhance the utility of open data for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance
Open Access Paper

Destruction of per/poly-fluorinated alkyl substances by magnetite nanoparticle-catalyzed UV-Fenton reaction

Novel economically-sustainable and environmentally-friendly technologies for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) destruction are becoming increasingly important as PFAS contamination has increased in drinking water throughout the globe.

Graphical abstract: Destruction of per/poly-fluorinated alkyl substances by magnetite nanoparticle-catalyzed UV-Fenton reaction
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Open Access Paper

Advancing the understanding of mainstream shortcut nitrogen removal: resource efficiency, carbon redirection, and plant capacity

Shortcut nitrogen removal (SNR) reduces aeration, carbon, and alkalinity requirements, but the magnitude of this benefit is often overstated. SNR allows for upstream carbon diversion and anammox processes allow for significant WRRF capacity gains.

Graphical abstract: Advancing the understanding of mainstream shortcut nitrogen removal: resource efficiency, carbon redirection, and plant capacity
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Open Access Paper

QSDsan: an integrated platform for quantitative sustainable design of sanitation and resource recovery systems

QSDsan is an open-source platform that integrates the design, simulation, and sustainability characterization of sanitation and resource recovery systems.

Graphical abstract: QSDsan: an integrated platform for quantitative sustainable design of sanitation and resource recovery systems
Open Access Paper

Environmental screening of water associated with shale gas extraction by fluorescence excitation emission matrix

We present a simple method for the screening of recovered water from shale gas extraction that can be used to avoid contamination incidents.

Graphical abstract: Environmental screening of water associated with shale gas extraction by fluorescence excitation emission matrix
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Open Access Paper

Automatic optimization of temporal monitoring schemes dealing with daily water contaminant concentration patterns

Online algorithms have been developed to automatically adjust monitoring schemes to sample instants characterized by maximum and/or minimum daily concentrations while reducing sampling costs with respect to traditional monitoring schemes.

Graphical abstract: Automatic optimization of temporal monitoring schemes dealing with daily water contaminant concentration patterns
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Open Access Paper

Role of natural organic matter and hardness on lead release from galvanic corrosion

Suwannee river natural organic matter greatly increased dissolved lead release from galvanic corrosion due to complexation with humic acid-like substances.

Graphical abstract: Role of natural organic matter and hardness on lead release from galvanic corrosion
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Open Access Paper

Removal of 293 organic compounds in 15 WWTPs studied with non-targeted suspect screening

The influence of WWTP treatment standard on contaminant breakthrough is explored for 293 compounds.

Graphical abstract: Removal of 293 organic compounds in 15 WWTPs studied with non-targeted suspect screening
Open Access Paper

Emerging investigator series: meta-analyses on SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA levels in wastewater and their correlations to epidemiological indicators

Recent applications of wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) have demonstrated its ability to track the spread and dynamics of COVID-19 at the community level.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: meta-analyses on SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA levels in wastewater and their correlations to epidemiological indicators
Open Access Paper

Performance of biochars for the elimination of trace organic contaminants and metals from urban stormwater

Biochar amendments to conventional sand filters can remove hydrophilic trace organic contaminants from urban stormwater and are, therefore, a good barrier to protect the aquatic environment.

Graphical abstract: Performance of biochars for the elimination of trace organic contaminants and metals from urban stormwater
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Open Access Paper

Treatments of wood ash amended biochar to reduce nutrient leaching and immobilise lead, copper, zinc and cadmium in aqueous solution: column experiments

The pollution of aqueous environments by metals has continued to increase due to anthropogenic activities such as mining, waste disposal, industrial activities and the use of motor vehicles.

Graphical abstract: Treatments of wood ash amended biochar to reduce nutrient leaching and immobilise lead, copper, zinc and cadmium in aqueous solution: column experiments
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Open Access Paper

Effect of sodium silicate on drinking water biofilm development

Orthophosphate promotes more biofilm growth than sodium silicates at water temperatures above 20 °C.

Graphical abstract: Effect of sodium silicate on drinking water biofilm development
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Open Access Paper

Drivers of variability in disinfection by-product formation potential in a chain of thermally stratified drinking water reservoirs

Increasing hydraulic residence time (HRT) along a chain of interconnected reservoirs enhances the formation potential of carbonaceous disinfection by-products (DBPs) and reduces the formation potential of nitrogenous DBPs, particularly N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Graphical abstract: Drivers of variability in disinfection by-product formation potential in a chain of thermally stratified drinking water reservoirs
Open Access Paper

Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater during New York City's second wave of COVID-19: sewershed-level trends and relationships to publicly available clinical testing data

SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in New York City were significantly correlated with clinical case rates in corresponding sewersheds.

Graphical abstract: Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater during New York City's second wave of COVID-19: sewershed-level trends and relationships to publicly available clinical testing data
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Open Access Paper

SARS-CoV-2 RNA abundance in wastewater as a function of distinct urban sewershed size

SARS-CoV-2 community wastewater surveillance across a range of scales to establish optimal sampling strategies.

Graphical abstract: SARS-CoV-2 RNA abundance in wastewater as a function of distinct urban sewershed size
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Open Access Paper

Simultaneous prediction of trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids, haloacetonitriles and haloacetamides using simulated distribution system tests

This study analysed the spatial and temporal occurrence of 29 disinfection by-products (DBPs) formed by chlorination and chloramination.

Graphical abstract: Simultaneous prediction of trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids, haloacetonitriles and haloacetamides using simulated distribution system tests
Open Access Paper

AbspectroscoPY, a Python toolbox for absorbance-based sensor data in water quality monitoring

Absorbance-based sensors produce large raw attenuation datasets. We developed AbspectroscoPY, an open-source Python toolbox to implement semi-automated processing of these data and explore the full potential of high-frequency measurements.

Graphical abstract: AbspectroscoPY, a Python toolbox for absorbance-based sensor data in water quality monitoring
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Open Access Paper

SARS-CoV-2 RNA is enriched by orders of magnitude in primary settled solids relative to liquid wastewater at publicly owned treatment works

We compared SARS-CoV-2 RNA concentrations in primary settled solids and raw wastewater samples matched in date to investigate the relationship between the two matrices.

Graphical abstract: SARS-CoV-2 RNA is enriched by orders of magnitude in primary settled solids relative to liquid wastewater at publicly owned treatment works
Open Access Paper

Reactivities of hydrated electrons with organic compounds in aqueous-phase advanced reduction processes

Novel linear free energy relationships were determined between experimentally measured rate constants of solvated electrons and theoretically calculated one electron reduction potential for the elucidation of reductive reaction mechanisms.

Graphical abstract: Reactivities of hydrated electrons with organic compounds in aqueous-phase advanced reduction processes
Open Access Paper

Application of plasma for the removal of pharmaceuticals in synthetic urine

Application of plasma oxidation for removal of pharmaceuticals in urine was assessed and compared to a traditional advanced oxidation process.

Graphical abstract: Application of plasma for the removal of pharmaceuticals in synthetic urine
Open Access Paper

Fate of influent microbial populations during medium chain carboxylic acid recovery from brewery and pre-fermented food waste streams

Waste streams continuously introduce active and inactive microbial populations that can influence assembly of microbial communities in chain elongation systems.

Graphical abstract: Fate of influent microbial populations during medium chain carboxylic acid recovery from brewery and pre-fermented food waste streams
Open Access Paper

Development of a rapid pre-concentration protocol and a magnetic beads-based RNA extraction method for SARS-CoV-2 detection in raw municipal wastewater

We demonstrate the application of a rapid pre-concentration protocol and a magnetic bead-based RNA extraction method for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from raw wastewater without the need for extensive sample treatment.

Graphical abstract: Development of a rapid pre-concentration protocol and a magnetic beads-based RNA extraction method for SARS-CoV-2 detection in raw municipal wastewater
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Open Access Paper

Molecular changes among non-volatile disinfection by-products between drinking water treatment and consumer taps

The formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) during drinking water treatment has been associated with various health concerns but the agents, i.e., the DBPs that cause these health concerns, are still unknown.

Graphical abstract: Molecular changes among non-volatile disinfection by-products between drinking water treatment and consumer taps
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Open Access Paper

Precipitation-induced transport and phase partitioning of organophosphate esters (OPEs) in urban and rural watersheds

Particle-bound OPEs were observed at fractions higher than expected based on predicted partitioning behaviour, i.e. organic carbon–water partitioning ratios (log Image ID:d1ew00329a-t1.gif) calculated from field data were generally higher than predicted values.

Graphical abstract: Precipitation-induced transport and phase partitioning of organophosphate esters (OPEs) in urban and rural watersheds
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Open Access Paper

Immunological detection of thymine dimers in indigenous genomic DNA from pre-disinfection drinking water as an ultraviolet disinfection dosimeter

A linear UV dose response is demonstrated using an ELISA assay that measures thymine dimers formed in the genomic DNA extracted from the mixed species of microorganisms filtered from UV treated pre-disinfection drinking water.

Graphical abstract: Immunological detection of thymine dimers in indigenous genomic DNA from pre-disinfection drinking water as an ultraviolet disinfection dosimeter
Open Access Paper

Elementary reaction-based kinetic model for the fate of N-nitrosodimethylamine under UV oxidation

UV photolysis is an effective process to remove nitrosamines from contaminated water resources.

Graphical abstract: Elementary reaction-based kinetic model for the fate of N-nitrosodimethylamine under UV oxidation
Open Access Paper

The heat recovery potential of ‘wastewater’: a national analysis of sewage effluent discharge temperatures

Environmental water quality data from England are used to establish the excess heat in sewage effluent discharges to rivers and subsequently estimate the national scale heat recovery potential of wastewater.

Graphical abstract: The heat recovery potential of ‘wastewater’: a national analysis of sewage effluent discharge temperatures
Open Access Paper

Amyloid fibril-based membranes for PFAS removal from water

We introduce a green and efficient approach for removing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) based on the β-lactoglobulin amyloid fibril membrane.

Graphical abstract: Amyloid fibril-based membranes for PFAS removal from water
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Open Access Paper

Development of trash exclusion for mechanized pit latrine emptying

The trash-excluding attachment (Excluder) can be connected to a custom vacuum (such as the Flexcrevator), a vacuum truck, or a sludge pump. The system allows the mechanized emptying of pit latrines with high levels of trash without manual “fishing”.

Graphical abstract: Development of trash exclusion for mechanized pit latrine emptying
Open Access Paper

Degradation of perfluorooctane sulfonate via in situ electro-generated ferrate and permanganate oxidants in NOM-rich source waters

The electrooxidation of PFOS can be significantly improved with the simultaneous electrosynthesis of ferrate and permanganate from low concentration ambient Fe2+ and Mn2+ in source waters, even in the presence of natural organic matter (NOM).

Graphical abstract: Degradation of perfluorooctane sulfonate via in situ electro-generated ferrate and permanganate oxidants in NOM-rich source waters
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Open Access Paper

A novel passive sampling approach for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater in a Canadian province with low prevalence of COVID-19

A simple passive sampling protocol using cheesecloth and electronegative filters coupled with a Tween®20-based elution technique provided reliable detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater at targeted locations in a region of low COVID-19 prevalence.

Graphical abstract: A novel passive sampling approach for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater in a Canadian province with low prevalence of COVID-19
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Open Access Paper

Bacterial transmission and colonization in activated carbon block (ACB) point-of-use (PoU) filters

Identifying the breakthrough pattern of drinking water bacteria through faucet-mounted activated carbon block filters at the point of use using abiotic microspheres and biotic surrogates, fluorescent-tagged E. coli and P. aeruginosa.

Graphical abstract: Bacterial transmission and colonization in activated carbon block (ACB) point-of-use (PoU) filters
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Open Access Paper

Electrochemical system for selective oxidation of organics over ammonia in urine

Low pH allows for selective oxidation of the organic fraction in urine while retaining nitrogen.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical system for selective oxidation of organics over ammonia in urine
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Open Access Paper

Impact of service line replacement on lead, cadmium, and other drinking water quality parameters in Flint, Michigan

This study elucidates the short- and long-term impacts of lead service line replacement in Flint homes following a corrosion event.

Graphical abstract: Impact of service line replacement on lead, cadmium, and other drinking water quality parameters in Flint, Michigan
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Open Access Paper

Water quality changes during the first meter of managed aquifer recharge

The direct sampling method revealed the high treatment capacity of the unsaturated zone and the significant impact of infiltration basin management on microbial communities in managed aquifer recharge (MAR).

Graphical abstract: Water quality changes during the first meter of managed aquifer recharge
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Open Access Paper

Cast iron drinking water pipe biofilms support diverse microbial communities containing antibiotic resistance genes, metal resistance genes, and class 1 integrons

Droplet digital PCR revealed antibiotic resistance genes, metal resistance genes, and intI1 across all pipe biofilm sample types (biomass surfaces, pipe surfaces, corrosion tubercles, and under corrosion tubercles).

Graphical abstract: Cast iron drinking water pipe biofilms support diverse microbial communities containing antibiotic resistance genes, metal resistance genes, and class 1 integrons
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Open Access Paper

Pilot-scale removal of organic micropollutants and natural organic matter from drinking water using ozonation followed by granular activated carbon

Conventional drinking water treatment is inefficient in removing a large fraction of known organic micropollutants (OMPs). Ozonation in combination with granular activated carbon is a promising approach for addressing this issue.

Graphical abstract: Pilot-scale removal of organic micropollutants and natural organic matter from drinking water using ozonation followed by granular activated carbon
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Open Access Paper

Reproducibility and sensitivity of 36 methods to quantify the SARS-CoV-2 genetic signal in raw wastewater: findings from an interlaboratory methods evaluation in the U.S.

The reproducibility and sensitivity of 36 methods for quantifying the genetic signal of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater was evaluated in a nationwide interlaboratory assessment in the U.S.

Graphical abstract: Reproducibility and sensitivity of 36 methods to quantify the SARS-CoV-2 genetic signal in raw wastewater: findings from an interlaboratory methods evaluation in the U.S.
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