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Water Reuse Special Issue on

AI for Water




The amount of water data is growing along with the massive deployment of sensors in the network, intensifying the systemic complexity in the water sector. In this context, a paradigm shift to intelligent water systems is urgent and necessary.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly utilized and adapted as a tool for helping to manage water systems in a fit-for-purpose way. With combinations of sensors and human knowledge, AI tools are already established to optimize desalination plants, to support water quality monitoring and flood forecasting, to reduce pipe leaks and bursts, etc.

However, questions and concerns are also rising on the issue. For example, how do we solve the problems in existing systems by using AI? How do we integrate AI tools to support decision-making? How do we make use of AI to achieve sustainable and resilient water systems and net-zero carbon emissions in the water sector? Are there any ethical concerns in the deployment of AI? These questions need to be critically examined as the field progresses.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and spread knowledge across industry and academia. We welcome diverse topics including theoretical exploration, methodological development, tools development, system design, case studies, etc. We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript (articles, critic reviews, perspectives and comments, etc.) to Water Reuse for peer review and possible publication in a Special Issue entitled AI for Water.


Relevant topics include:

  1. Strategies, applications, cases, and lessons of AI for Water in enterprises.
  2. Methods and tools of AI for Water, e.g., machine learning, sensor intelligence, computer vision.
  3. Cutting-edge and integral techniques and applications of AI for Water, e.g., IoT, smart sensors, data-driven decision support.
  4. Reviews on the roadmap of ‘AI for Water’ (please submit outlines to editors in advance).


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: November 30th, 2022.

Expected publication: February 28th, 2023. Accepted papers will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance.


Guest Editors:

Xin DONG, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China

Tao LI, Water Intelligence at the International Water Association (IWA), China

Guangtao FU, Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, UK 

Branko KERKEZ, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, USA

Anditya RAHARDIANTO, Borealis Kapital, Indonesia

Yong QIU, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China


How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to Water Reuse’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – AI for Water. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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