Drinking Water

Prevention is better than cure

Thanks to the fact that Switzerland’s surface waters have been kept clean, this maxim has to a large extent been upheld. However, the presence of new (harmful) substances allows no room for complacency on this front. Globally, there is an urgent need for cost-effective and energy-efficient water treatment solutions on various scales - all the way through to wastewater recycling.


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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

November 24, 2016

Database experts from Japan, the US and Europe have developed an algorithm which allows information on mass spectra to be standardized. The so-called SPLASH (SPectraL hASH) makes it easier to search for mass spectra online. Read more

Scientific publications

Nescerecka,A.; Juhna,T.; Hammes,F. (2016) Behavior and stability of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) during chlorine disinfection, Water Research, 101, 490-497, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.087, Institutional Repository
Shen,Yun; Huang,C.; Monroy,G.L.; Janjaroen,D.; Derlon,N.; Lin,J.; Espinosa-Marzal,R.; Morgenroth,E.; Boppart,S.A.; Ashbolt,N.J.; Liu,Wen Tso; Nguyen,Thanh H. (2016) Response of simulated drinking water biofilm mechanical and structural properties to long-term disinfectant exposure, Environmental Science and Technology, 50(4), 1779-1787, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b04653, Institutional Repository
Rosario-Ortiz,F.; Rose,J.; Speight,V.; von Gunten,U.; Schnoor,J. (2016) How do you like your tap water?, Science, 351(6276), 912-914, doi:10.1126/science.aaf0953, Institutional Repository
Stalter,D.; O'Malley,E.; von Gunten,U.; Escher,B.I. (2016) Fingerprinting the reactive toxicity pathways of 50 drinking water disinfection by-products, Water Research, 91, 19-30, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.12.047, Institutional Repository
To the library
Lanz,K.; Rahn,E.; Siber,R.; Stamm,C. (2014) NFP 61 – Thematische Synthese 2 im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung» Bewirtschaftung der Wasserressourcen unter steigendem Nutzungsdruck, 84 S., Institutional Repository
Hoffmann,S.; Hunkeler,D.; Maurer,M. (2014) Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung in der Schweiz. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen, 86 S., Institutional Repository

Selected research projects and programs

Wings is an inter- and transdisciplinary strategic research program that strives to develop novel non-grid-connected water and sanitation systems that can function as comparable alternatives to network-based systems.


Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Dr. Stephan Hug
  • arsenic
  • solid-water interfaces
  • groundwater
  • spectroscopic methods
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kipfer
  • noble gases
  • isotopes
Dr. Wouter Pronk
  • drinking water
  • water treatment
Prof. Dr. Mario Schirmer
  • groundwater
  • hydrogeology
  • modeling
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Urs Von Gunten
  • advanced oxidation processes
  • ozonation
  • drinking water
  • water treatment
Prof. Dr. Lenny Winkel
  • inorganic contaminants
  • arsenic
  • groundwater
  • organic pollutants
  • sediments
  • selenium