SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

There is more than enough freshwater on the surface of the globe to fulfill everybody’s needs, and advances over more than 150 years have given us the understanding we need to protect health with sanitation. 

Despite this, hSN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019umanity is still failing to provide access to clean water for millions of people, and access to even the most basic sanitation to billions. In response to these startling statistics the ultimate goal of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. Research plays an imperative role in finding solutions to the issues above, and here we are proud to showcase some of the most pioneering works which aim to do just that.

Biofilms & Drinking Water

The availability of safe drinking water is threatened by biofilms, complex colonies of microorganisms that develop in water distribution systems and pose a threat to public health when they harbor waterborne diseases, as well as operational issues for water infrastructure. Addressing a monumental and fundamental global challenge such as lack of access to safe and clean drinking water requires research to provide insights and data in support of policy. Here you can explore the latest scientific discoveries on biofilms and drinking water that can help make SDG 6 a reality.

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Articles & Chapters

Article Collection on Biofilms from across Nature Portfolio

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Microplastic: A New Habitat for Biofilm Communities

from Handbook of Microplastics in the Environment

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Effects of turbulence fluctuation intensity in bioreactor of sewage treatment on physical and chemical properties of biofilms

from Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering

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Identification and characterization of colistin-resistant E. coli and K. pneumoniae isolated from Lower Himalayan Region of India 

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from SN Applied Sciences

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Presence of pharmaceuticals and bacterial resistance genes in river epilithic biofilms exposed to intense agricultural and urban pressure

from Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

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What is the effect on antibiotic resistant genes of chlorine disinfection in drinking water supply systems? A systematic review protocol 

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from Environmental Evidence

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Microbial Biofilm Reactor for Sustained Waste Water Treatment and Reuse

from Industrial Wastewater Treatment

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Simultaneous Removal of Soluble Metal Species and Nitrate from Acidic and Saline Industrial Wastewater in a Pilot-Scale Biofilm Reactor

from Environmental Processes

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Enhancing the sensitivity of water toxicity detection based on suspended Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 by reversing extracellular electron transfer direction

from Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

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Factors Impacting Microplastic Biofilm Community and Biological Risks Posed by Microplastics in Drinking Water Sources

from Water, Air and Soil Pollution

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Statistical modeling and optimization of tannery wastewater treatment in a fluidized bed bioreactor with low density biomass support

from Modeling Earth Systems and Environment

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Managing Groundwater Qulity for Drinkinng Water

from Drinking Water Security in India

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Topics in Spotlight

We have gathered research insights on four diverse topics and invite you to read selected articles and book chapters. 

New Journal - Nature Water

44221Nature Water was launched in January this year. Browse the collection of articles and opinion papers and learn more about the new journal. "Nature Water aims to be a venue for all research on the evolving relationship between water resources and society."  See Editorial

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Join Nature Water Talks

Several new webinars celebrating World Water Day and the journal's launch have been happening.

Nature Water Talks: waiting for the UN Water Conference

Celebrating the launch of Nature Water - Part 1: Focus on water treatment systems

Celebrating the launch of Nature Water - Part 2: Focus on water investments and affordability

Celebrating the launch of Nature Water - Part 3: Focus on social sciences and open science

Nature Water Talks are online events organized by the Nature Water journal editors. The webinars are designed to engage a wide community across the globe by inviting experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in water-related issues. Join us.

Journal Topical Collections

Topical Collections now open for submission

Nanofiltration in the Global Water Cycle (npj Clean Water)

Water Sustainability in Africa: Frontiers, Perspectives and Challenges (Discover Water

New Challenges and Solutions in Sustainable Water Management (Discover Sustainability)

Hydrogeoethics for Water Resources Management: Groundwater - Geoethics - Sustainable Society Nexus (Sustainable Water Resources Management)

Ongoing Topical Collections - read papers and contribute yours

Groundwater Management: Sustainability, Environment and Hydrogeoethics (SN Applied Sciences)

Medieval Waters (Water History)

Mountain Hydrological Systems: Climate Change, Sustainability, Social Impacts Nexus (Discover Water)

Special Issue: Sustainable Drainage Systems (Environmental Processes)

Water and carbon cycles in a changing climate (Carbon Balance and Management)

Recently published Topical Collections

Research in support of the UN 2023 Water Conference (Nature Water)

Advanced Micro/Nano-Scale Porous Materials for Novel Applications Answering to the Future Needs (Transport in Porous Media)

Interfacial Phenomena in Multiphase Systems at the Pore Scale (Transport in Porous Media)

Mixing in Porous Media (Transport in Porous Media)

Hydrogeoethics for Water Resources Management: Groundwater - Geoethics - Sustainable Society Nexus (Sustainable Water Resources Management)

Advancements in hydrogeological knowledge of Haiti for recovery and development (Hydrogeology Journal)

International Year of Groundwater (Hydrogeology Journal)

Progress in fractured-rock hydrogeology (Hydrogeology Journal)

Wetland Hydrology and Geomorphology (Wetlands)

Trends, perspectives and prospects of sensor technologies in hydrological sciences (Acta Geophyisca)

Experimental Methods and Instrumentation in Hydraulics (Acta Geophyisca​​​​​​​)

Your work here: Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 6 work at Springer Nature is easy. Springer Nature aspires to lead in publishing SDG research, and especially in open access (OA) SDG research.

You can add impact and power to your SDG-related research when you publish it at Springer Nature, and alongside leading research (like the examples above). Research published OA at Springer Nature gets more exposure. For example, research published in fully OA Springer Nature journals are downloaded over 7,000 times on average (up to 5x more than competitors) and cited 7.39 times on average.

Publishing with Springer Nature gives you:

  • A range of journals, from Nature, Springer, and BMC, both hybrid and OA. The journals with SDG content curated above are a small selection of journals you can publish in. Clicking through on them will give you the information — including journal metrics, submission guidelines and more — that you need to plan your next submission.
  • The world’s leading scholarly book program, including the option to publish your book OA. ᐅSDG 6 OA Books
  • Support in finding funding for OA. Many funders and institutions now cover open access (OA) journal article publishing costs for affiliated researchers, as part of an OA agreement with Springer Nature. Find out more about OA agreements and whether you may be entitled to publish OA journal articles with your fees covered. The OA funding support service can help you find and access other OA publishing funds — for journal articles and books — to which you may be entitled.  ᐅOA Agreements  Funding Support Service  The impact of OA
  • Support in writing and publishing your work — both free, including tutorials and paid research solutions services, including editing, translation, and more.  ᐅAuthor Services  ᐅResearch Solutions
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