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Fig. 1: Potable water reuse has been implemented at the Orange County Water District utility in California. This project, unlike others elsewhere in the state, did not encounter public opposition. Pictured here: the reverse osmosis system. (Photo: OCWD)
October 21, 2015

What is required to facilitate the adoption of new technologies such as potable water reuse? According to a study carried out by environmental social scientists in California, users need to see not only how an innovation benefits them personally, but also that it is compatible the community’s values and can become a routine part of daily life. Read more

Artist’s impression of the NEST project: the building will change its appearance repeatedly over time. (© Empa)
September 11, 2015

An innovative building known as NEST is currently being erected by the research institutes, Empa and Eawag. The building is designed to allow entire residential units to be exchangeable. Read more

Ozone diffusors in Ara Neugut (© Eawag)
September 3, 2015

The new water protection law takes effect on 1 January 2016. Today in Lausanne, around 200 experts from political, administrative, business and scientific spheres met for the annual Eawag Info day, exchanging information and viewpoints on the current challenges in implementing the law, and sharing the latest research results. Read more

Antibiotic resistance genes, in particular in freshwater systems and sewers, are increasingly seen as emerging environmental contaminants. (Photo: Eawag, Nadine Czekalski)
July 29, 2015

Antibiotic resistance genes, in particular in freshwater systems and sewers, are increasingly seen as emerging environmental contaminants. An Eawag factsheet provides an overview. Read more

Harvey M. Rosen Memorial Award for Lisa Salhi and Urs von Gunten
July 9, 2015

Elisabeth Salhi and Urs von Gunten from the department of Water Resources and Drinking Water received the Harvey M. Rosen Memorial Award for their publication "Process Control for Ozonation Systems: A Novel Real-Time Approach" in the journal Ozone: Science & Engineering. Read more

Safe drinking water: fluoride is removed by a community filter installed in the Ethiopian village of Wayo Gabriel. (Photo: Eawag)
March 18, 2015

In many regions of Asia, Africa and South America, consumption of groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride causes severe health problems. Read more

November 4, 2014

The Swiss water economy is not optimally prepared to cope with the forthcoming changes in terms of climate and society. Nevertheless, the National Research Programme "Sustainable Water Management" (NRP 61) concludes that Switzerland will have enough water if regional collaboration is expanded, if sustainable solutions to water conflicts are found and if water protection efforts are continued. Read more

The processes of river water infiltration and groundwater exfiltration are influenced by high‑ and low-flow conditions (as pictured here on the Thur) and the widening of channelized rivers.
September 9, 2014

Abundant supplies of safe drinking water are among Switzerland’s most valuable natural resources, with groundwater accounting for 80% of the total. A third of this groundwater, in turn, is fed by infiltrating river water. Read more

Bild: Stephan Müller (Abteilungschef Wasser, Bafu), Paul Svoboda (Leiter Gewässerschutz, Basel-Stadt) sowie die Eawag-Wissenschafter Matthias Ruff und Heinz Singer (von links).
September 8, 2014

Today, Monday 8 September, the Canton of Basel-Stadt, the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, the Swiss Federal Office of the Environment and Eawag are somewhat belatedly celebrating the anniversary of the International Rhine Monitoring Station (RMS) in Weil am Rhein. Read more

July 24, 2014

Chemistry professor Andreas Fath from the Furtwangen University in Baden-Württemberg is looking for money for new analysis equipment and for water research at his institute. From 28 July to 24 August he will swim the entire Rhine for this purpose, from the mountains in Graubünden to Rotterdam, including Lake Constance! Read more