World Water Day 2021

Elsevier, 22 March 2021

World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater and raising awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. On March 22, 2021, World Water Day will be celebrated in an online event. The World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis, and a core focus of the observance is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Originally started in 1993, this year’s theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. SDG 6 is to ensure water and sanitation for all. Without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, multidimensional value, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone. Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change.

To raise awareness of the value of water, Elsevier presents a curated list of free access journal articles and book chapters. At Elsevier, we are advancing #SDG6 research and ensuring that #Everydrop counts.


22nd March 2021

RELX’s Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Dr Márcia Balisciano, talks to Dr Annabelle Houdret and Dr Michael Brüntrup about water security, sustainable consumption and SDG 6. 

International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Volume 31, December 2020, 100393

This journal article advances SDG 6 and 9 by presenting a multi-layer perceptron based anomaly detector which can be used to safeguard critical infrastructure such as drinking water treatment plants from the adverse impacts of cyber-attacks.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 61, 2020, 102295, ISSN 2210-6707

This journal article advances SDG 6 and 11 by studying a high level approach to analyse the current and projected water demand and supply of 12 megacities. The current water demand of these cities outstrips the supply by 5.27 billion m3 yr−1, with this expected to grow considerably by 2035. As such, comprehensive and urgent action is needed on water loss reduction and overall demand management, as well as formal infrastructure expansion.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 62, 2020, 102318, ISSN 2210-6707

This journal article advances SDG 6 and 11 by combining the SWOT analysis and DPSIR framework, the connections between governmental actions can be established; and, scenario-based impact assessment methods can be used to select, implement and sustain governmental actions for resolving the challenges related to water quality deterioration in the future.

The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, Volume 22, Issue 12, December 2020, Pages 1400-1407

This journal article advances SDG 3 and 6 by discussing the reported number of cases of Acanthamoeba amebic keratitis (AK) which are increasing. Molecular diagnosis has become the first choice of ophthalmologists for identifying and confirming this clinically problematic diagnosis. However, in-house molecular diagnostic procedures are time-consuming and may not be compatible with the urgency of the situation.

Sustainable Water Engineering, 2020, Pages 99-120

This book chapter advances SDG 3 by explaining how water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) essentially address healthy living through intelligent management of human behaviour and the production of wastes so that the environment and ecosystems are not negatively impated. This chapter describes WASH in low resource countries and the role of the engineer in enabling the approach.

Biopolymer Membranes and Films, 2020, pages 359-382

This chapter advances SDG 6, 11, and 14 by providing avenues for the application of sustainable bio-based polymers in wastewater treatment and their role in removing pesticides, to support clean water, a healthy ecosystem, and sustainable consumption.

Biomaterials Science, 4E, 2020, Pages 77-82

This book chapter advances SDG 3 and 6 by describing properties of water and importance of water to biomaterials and biology.

Aquananotechnology: Applications of Nanomaterials for Water Purification, 2021, Pages xv-xxiv

This book chapter advances SDG 6 and 14 by introducing and summarizing efforts of nanomaterials research for environmental remediation--focusing on water purification

Nanomaterials Applications for Environmental Matrices, 2019, Pages 151-185

This book chapter advances SDG 6 and 14 by reviewing the advances in research for nanomaterials for water disinfection to help with water security and combat pollution.