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Water Science & Technology Special Issue on

Developments and Applications of IoT-based Sensors
for Wastewater and Drainage Systems




The ongoing rapid development of the internet of things (IoT) concept as part of smart city development triggers new approaches for the monitoring and controlling of urban water and wastewater infrastructure. The prevalence of system-wide management of urban water and wastewater infrastructure will therefore increase in future. Notably, the evolution of low-cost sensors, when combined with innovative and wireless data transfer technologies, enables large-scale implementation of measurement equipment, even in remote or underground structures. These developments open up new opportunities for the management of the urban stormwater and wastewater infrastructure.

In many sectors, there is wider availability and a growing capability of novel sensors and devices based on information and communication technology which are operated in a decentralized way. Until recently, these technologies could be found widely in urban water systems in centralized facilities like storage units and wastewater treatment plants, while control opportunities for system parts distributed over the system were concentrated on main points (e.g., overflows, main shafts, pumping stations). However, decentralized urban water management techniques (e.g., green infrastructure and nature-based solutions) are increasingly deployed in urban areas enhancing both system complexity and efforts to implement accurate management. IoT approaches enable the efficient integration of these solutions with overall control strategies, utilizing their potential and improving performance. Further, in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a great need to enhance epidemiological surveillance and better understand infection dynamics based on wastewater analytics.

The objective of this Special Issue is to gather contributions and review articles on advancing scientific and technical methodologies, technologies, and best practices in the context of IoT sensors for urban wastewater and drainage systems. The aim of this Special Issue is to foster and collect knowledge in this context for the benefit of industry practice and research by creating a broad collection of papers introducing recent developments, new experiences and novel ideas.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to Water Science and Technology for peer review and possible publication in a Special Issue entitled Developments and Applications of IoT-based Sensors for Wastewater and Drainage Systems


Relevant topics include:

  • Smart solutions for urban stormwater and wastewater systems (monitoring, analytics, forecasting and operation);
  • Progress in IoT sensor and monitoring technology for monitoring urban stormwater and wastewater infrastructure;
  • Monitoring and control of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure;
  • Epidemiological applications in wastewater surveillance (COVID-19, etc.);
  • Data driven methods for urban drainage infrastructure;
  • IoT security in smart urban stormwater and wastewater systems (cyber-physical system).


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: December 31st, 2022

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


Guest Editors:

Prof. Dr. Robert Sitzenfrei, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Prof. Dr. Ivar Annus, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Prof. Dr. Jeroen Langeveld, Technical University Delft, Netherlands

Dr. Jörg Rieckermann, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rauch, University of Innsbruck, Austria


How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to Water Science and Technology’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – ‘Special Issue: IOTSENS2022’. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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