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Water Science and Technology special issue on

COVID-19 practicalities facing the water industry




The recent outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has led to a global health crisis.

Several research groups have already detected SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, however, both the mechanism of transmission and the effect on the management of the urban water system remain unclear. This Special Issue focuses on the technical and practical aspects of the COVID-19 emergency to the urban wastewater system.

Among others, contributions are especially welcomed to cover the following relevant topics:

  • Change of industrial and domestic wastewater discharge patterns due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Increased sewer clogging by disposal of COVID-19 related gross solids (masks, plastic gloves, wipes, etc.)
  • Increased use of tertiary treatment methods (e.g. disinfectants) to destroy SARS-CoV-2 and their detrimental effect on wastewater treatment and water quality 
  • Practical aspects of COVID-19 related wastewater epidemiology: aerosols formation due to aeration
  • Wastewater-based epidemiology for outbreak prediction and lockdown level management.
  • COVID-19 protection / WASH in disadvantaged communities (e.g. management of communal ablution blocks)
Key dates:
  • Deadline for manuscript submission: 21 September 2020
  • Expected publication: January 2021



  • Jeroen Langeveld, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
  • Marie-Noelle Pons, CNRS Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
  • Jo Burgess, Isle Utilities Pretoria, South Africa
Information for submission:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors, before submitting your paper directly to Water Science and Technology’s peer review system: choosing the category: COVID-19 Special Issue. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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