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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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

November 23, 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) approved the redesignation of Eawag as a “WHO Collaborating Centre for Sanitation and Water in Developing Countries”. Eawag is one of 21 such collaborating centers in Switzerland and 281 throughout Europe. 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.

Experts

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