Department Urban Water Management

Urban Water Management

Research in this department aims at the urban water system as an entity and at developing the corresponding ecological, economical and social services into a sustainable future. In addition to traditional questions concerning urban hygiene and water pollution control, the sustainable use and management of the resources is a primary concern. Read more


Jörg Rieckermann awarded with “Mid-term Career Achievement Award”

October 4, 2017 - Jörg Rieckermann, group leader within Eawag’s Urban Water Management department, was awarded with the “Mid-term Career Achievement Award” during this year’s International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD) in Prague. Every three years, the Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD) recognizes outstanding achievements of professionals in the field of urban drainage by bestowing this career achievement award.   Read more

IDEA League Research Grant for Liliane Manny

August 29, 2017 - RWTH Aachen University supports the MSc thesis of Liliane Manny "Policy Analysis of receiving water protection from wet-weather impacts" with an "IDEA League Research Grant". She is being supervised by Jörg Rieckermann, Max Maurer (SWW) and Manuel Fischer (ESS). Read more

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November 24, 2017

During heavy rainfall, wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are often unable to cope with the volumes of water arising, and some wastewater may then be discharged untreated into surface waters.  Read more

March 22, 2017

The future of urban water management is also our future – this was the opinion of seven PhD students from Eawag came to, who decided to write a paper on the subject.  Read more


Fencl, M.; Dohnal, M.; Rieckermann, J.; Bareš, V. (2017) Gauge-adjusted rainfall estimates from commercial microwave links, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(1), 617-634, doi:10.5194/hess-21-617-2017, Institutional Repository
Rieckermann, J. (2017) Mischwasserbehandlung in der Schweiz – Stand der Technik und aktuelle Entwicklungen, In: Herausforderungen der Mischwasserbewirtschaftung. Erfahrungen aus 10 Jahren Anwendung des ÖWAV-Regelblattes 19, 1-11, Institutional Repository
Larsen, T. A.; Hoffmann, S.; Lüthi, C.; Truffer, B.; Maurer, M. (2016) Emerging solutions to the water challenges of an urbanizing world, Science, 352(6288), 928-933, doi:10.1126/science.aad8641, Institutional Repository
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Research Projects

Goal is an improved planning procedure for sustainable water supply and wastewater infrastructure management that links into the existing Swiss governance structures.
Water and sanitation innovations for non-grid solutions – an inter- and transdisciplinary strategic research program
Advancing estimation of illicit drug use from wastewater samples - the role of in-sewer drug transformation.
Kanalnetzbewirtschaftung für besseren Gewässerschutz