Special Issue "Access, Health, Regulations, and Policy: Exploring Rural and Remote Drinking Water Supplies in North America"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2014)
Limited access to safe water and sanitation is one of the most important global threats to human health. International studies have linked poor quality drinking water to chronic disease and cancer in addition to water-borne infections such as diarrhea and hepatitis A. While this is a critical issue in developing nations, many North American’s don’t realize that drinking water quality is a concern for many people in Canada and the USA who live outside major urban centers. Families in many areas still rely on inadequately tested and treated surface or groundwater to supply their homes. Access to safe drinking water is a particular concern for First Nations communities. There are many outstanding questions regarding the most appropriate policies and regulations for training, testing, treatment, and enforcement outside of major population centers. However, there is currently very little epidemiologic research focusing on water quality and health in rural and remote areas of North America. This special issue will focus on gathering evidence to inform policy and regulations, as well as highlighting community-based strategies to increase local capacity to address challenges related to poor drinking water quality. Papers addressing issues relevant to water quality and health in rural and remote areas of North America are invited and particularly those using community-based methods to work towards more equitable access to clean and safe drinking water.
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.