Special Issue "Influence of COVID-19 Spread on the Water System"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Gabriella Balacco
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Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh), Polytechnic University of Bari (Politecnico di Bari), 70126 Bari BA, Italy
Interests: water distribution networks; water supply; water drinking demand; pumping systems; pressure transients
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Dr. Vincenzo Totaro
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh), Polytechnic University of Bari (Politecnico di Bari), 70126 Bari BA, Italy
Interests: hydrology; flood frequency analysis; theory of extreme values; climate changes; water drinking demand; water supply

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The role of water in ensuring social, health, environmental, and economic benefits is widely recognized, as documented by the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, SDG 6 is devoted to ensuring an adequate level of water and sanitation services worldwide that are sustainably managed. It is evident that this topic is still one of the main challenges that scientific and institutional communities have to cope with in planning future strategies and policies in the water sector, which also have to be addressed with respect to other issues, such as those due to climate change.

The spread of COVID-19 exerted a relevant impact on all human activities and sectors, influencing and remodulating social, financial, and environmental dynamics. In this context, water plays a crucial supportive role in contrasting the diffusion of the pandemic; the water sector is experiencing abrupt changes in management dynamics, which stresses the resilience of the whole system.

In this way, new light should be shed on the necessary and undelayable need of implementing policies and actions for building future water systems and policies.

The goal of this Special Issue is to collect studies on the impacts of COVID-19 spread and the analysis of possible implications in future management policies in the water sector. We welcome contributions dealing with (but not limited to) the following research areas:

  • Water supply dynamics;
  • Effects of COVID-19 spread on the water sector;
  • Resilience of the water sector to health emergencies;
  • Water drinking demand patterns;
  • Safe management of wastewater;
  • Future challenges to be faced in the water sector;
  • Role of water after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Gabriella Balacco
Dr. Vincenzo Totaro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • COVID-19
  • water systems
  • water drinking demand
  • water supply

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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