Water Environment Research (WER) publishes peer-reviewed research papers, research notes, state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is pleased to announce that WEF has selected Wiley as its publishing partner for Water Environment Research (WER). The journal will transition to the Wiley Online Library platform beginning with the January 2019 issue!

Published since 1928, Water Environment Research (WER) is an international multidisciplinary water resource management journal for the dissemination of fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality and resource recovery. WER's goal is to foster communication and interdisciplinary research between water sciences and related fields such as environmental toxicology, agriculture, public and occupational health, microbiology, and ecology. In addition to original research articles, short communications, case studies, reviews, and perspectives are encouraged.

Topics of interest include

  • Administration/Management
  • Biological Treatment
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Fate and Effects of Pollutants
  • Groundwater
  • Health and Ecological Effects
  • Industrial Treatment and Reclamation
  • Land and Soil Systems
  • Microbial Studies
  • Physical and Chemical Treatment
  • Reclamation/Reuse
  • Stormwater
  • Surface Aquatic Systems
  • Treatment Plant Operations
  • Wastewater Collection


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The 2018 Literature Review is online now!

Forty-one sections of open access content on topics as diverse as stormwater, disinfection, and membranes.

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September's open access article is online now!

In their paper on thickened waste activated sludge, Chowdry et al. used long term anaerobic studies operated at detention times between 16.7 – 33.3 d (corresponding to organic loading rates of 1.21 – 3.47 kg/L m^3) to determine the fraction of unbiodegradable particulate COD.  They found a value of 0.28 which agreed well with the fraction of unbiodegradable VSS that was determined to be 0.26.  This study provides additional information for the design and operation of anaerobic digestion processes to achieve volume reduction, pathogen destruction, and energy recovery from waste active sludge.  


Congratulations to Glen Daigger et al. for winning the Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal Award for this paper: Marrying Step Feed with Secondary Clarifier Improvements to Significantly Increase Peak Wet Weather Treatment Capacity https://lnkd.in/dArQP5X

And to James L. Barnard, Patrick Dunlap, and Mark Steichen for winning the Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal for Rethinking the Mechanisms of Biological Phosphorus Removal https://lnkd.in/eM4JRMM

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