Staff

Anja Bretzler

Anja Bretzler

Department Water Resources & Drinking Water

About Me

I am a PhD candidate in the groups of Prof. Mario Schirmer (Hydrogeology) and Dr. Stephan Hug (Chemistry of water resources). For my PhD project, I am conducting research on groundwater that contains elevated concentrations of dissolved arsenic from natural sources (geogenic contamination). The study is focussed on Burkina Faso, West Africa, where geogenic arsenic contamination is widespread and potentially poses a serious health threat to the population. We are working together with local partners from the Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (2iE) and Université de Ouagadougou.


Using large-scale statistical models, we are trying to pin-point areas that are at risk of having arsenic-affected groundwater due to favourable geological or environmental conditions. This work should culminate in an arsenic hazard map for Burkina Faso to support local stakeholders in the supply of safe drinking water.


Previously, I worked for three years as managing assistant for the Eawag cross-cutting project “Water Resource Quality” (WRQ), which focussed on developing a framework for the mitigation of geogenic contamination (arsenic and fluoride) in developing countries.


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Projects

An integrated project that aimed to develop a generally applicable framework for the mitigation of geogenic contamination in groundwater used for drinking, in particular concerning arsenic and fluoride.
This project facilitates the exchange of data, maps and information on geogenic contaminants (focussing on arsenic and fluoride) via the web-based Groundwater Assessment Platform (GAP)

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Bretzler,A.; Johnson,C.A. (2015) The Geogenic Contamination Handbook: Addressing arsenic and fluoride in drinking water, Applied Geochemistry, 63, 642-646, doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.08.016, Institutional Repository
Bader,H.P.; Berg,M.; Bretzler,A.; Gebauer,H.; Huber,A.C.; Hug,S.J.; Inauen,J.; Johnson,C.A.; Johnston,R.B.; Lüthi,C.; Khan,N.; Mosler,H.J.; Osterwalder,L.; Roberts,L.C.; Scheidegger,R.; Tobias,R.; Yang,Hong (2015) Geogenic Contamination Handbook. Addressing arsenic and fluoride in drinking water, 174 pp, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: anja.bretzler@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5004
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU D07

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