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Impact of Sustainable Development and Industrialization on Water Quality: Human Health and Disease Heterogeneity




Each year, more than two million people worldwide pass away from diarrheal illnesses, with children suffering the greatest number of deaths (almost 90%) and the most common causes (poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water) (United Nations, 2016). Malnutrition, diarrhoea, skin conditions, cancer, and other conditions linked to water contamination are all caused by pollution. The health of people, particularly the variety of illness, is significantly impacted by water pollution. Clean drinking water is one of the objectives for sustainable development, which has significant theoretical and practical implications. This special issue focuses on how water contamination affects human health and the variety of diseases that result from it.

Both natural and artificial elements can cause water pollution. Water quality is impacted by urbanisation, population growth, industrial production, climate change, and other human activities. Improper disposal of solid waste, sand, and gravel has an impact on water quality as well. Industrialization, agricultural practices, environmental conditions, inadequate water supply, and sewage treatment facilities are the primary causes of water pollution. As a result of industrial manufacturing, a variety of hazardous compounds, organic and inorganic substances, toxic solvents, and volatile organic chemicals may be emitted. These wastes will pollute water if they are improperly treated before being discharged into aquatic habitats. Important contaminants that are released in wastewater include arsenic, cadmium, and chromium. The industrial sector contributes significantly to dangerous pollutants. Wastewater from industrial operations has increasingly grown as urbanisation has speeded up. Pesticides, nitrogen fertilisers, and organic farm waste from agriculture are major contributors to water pollution in the agricultural industry. Natural causes are also linked to water pollution. Additionally significant determinants of drinking water quality, particularly in poorer nations, are water supply and sewage treatment systems. A significant factor in the disorders that affect children is water contamination. Children who come into contact with water that is microbiologically contaminated may get diarrhoea. Other diseases can be brought on by malnutrition and weakened immune systems from diarrheal illnesses.

With an emphasis on a thorough analysis of the connection, mechanism, and influencing variables between water pollution and illnesses, this Special Issue intends to systematically study the impact of water pollution on human health and the heterogeneity of diseases from the perspective of various diseases. This special issue focuses on studies on the morbidity and mortality of diseases associated to water, as well as epidemiological studies relating water quality, water pollution, and human disease. This Special Issue's goal is to comprehend the connection between water contamination and public health. This will serve as a foundation for further study that will advance pathological and medicinal studies.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to Water Supply for peer review and possible publication in a Special Issue entitled Impact of Sustainable Development and Industrialization on Water Quality: Human Health and Disease Heterogeneity.


Relevant topics include:

This issue invites scholarly work related to but not limited to following topics:

  • Meta-analysis of water pollution and human health
  • Water pollution and pathogenic factors
  • Water pollution and carcinogenic factors
  • Water pollution and Child health
  • Epidemiology of water associated diseases
  • Water treatment and the effectiveness of drinking water monitoring
  • Environmental education and public health awareness
  • Water, Sanitation and Urban Children
  • Role of Industries in Water Scarcity and its Adverse Effects
  • Interventions to Improve Water Quality
  • Water Pollution and Digestive Cancers
  • Environmental Sanitation and Water Contamination


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: 1st September 2023

Expected publication: Articles will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance.


Guest Editors:

Prof. (Dr.) Irene Lill, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallin, Estonia

Dr. Nikolai Siniak, Private Institute of Management and Business in Minsk, Minsk, Belarus

Dr. Laura Tampieri, University of Bologna: Bologna, Italy


How to submit:

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

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