Department Water Resources and Drinking Water

Water Resources & Drinking Water

Our research concentrates on physical and chemical processes in groundwater, surface water and drinking water. We conduct basic and applied research on water resources, water contaminants, and water treatment to contribute to sustainable water management from local to nationwide scales.

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March 23, 2017

On 22 March 2017 the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) awarded NEST a prize as part of its "Umsicht – Regards – Sguardi 2017" awards. The modular research and innovation building created by Empa and Eawag was acknowledged as providing a major contribution to the future design of Switzerland's living space. Read more


Möck,C.; Radny,D.; Stoll,S.; Borer,P.; Rothardt,J.; Affolter,A.; Huggenberger,P.; Auckenthaler,A.; Hollender,J.; Berg,M.; Schirmer,M. (2017) Multivariate Statistik. Zur Optimierung des Wasserressourcen-Managements im Hardwald, Aqua & Gas, 97(2), 14-21, Institutional Repository
von Gunten,U.; Merle,T.; Lee,M.; Pronk,W.; Hollender,J.; Vogler,B.; Gabriel,T.; Meier,T. (2017) Aufbereitung von Trinkwasser im Hardwald. Einschätzung der jetzigen Situation und möglicher zusätzlicher Aufbereitungsstufen, Aqua & Gas, 97(2), 21-28, Institutional Repository
Minning,M. (2017) Impact of urbanization on groundwater recharge: the case study of Dübendorf, Switzerland, 57 pp, Institutional Repository
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Research Projects

The project investigates what measures are most effective in influencing a river corridor so that river restoration and groundwater flow systems can help to mitigate the effects of floods and droughts.
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)