Water and Development

water, sanitation and hygiene

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are recognized in the Millennium Development Goals as key contributors to human health and welfare. Hygienic practices are also crucially important to prevent the spread of diarrheal disease, a major cause of childhood mortality. Appropriate management of excreta protects the environment and can allow for the recovery of nutrients and energy.


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May 16, 2017

The sediments of Lake Van in Eastern Anatolia (Turkey) are a valuable climate archive. Now, using the salinity measured in sediment porewater, scientists have reconstructed the huge lake-level fluctuations that occurred over the past 250,000 years. This approach – based on simple physical concepts – is likely to be more widely applied in the future. Read more

April 3, 2017

On 31 March 2017, «Gravit’eau» – a project run jointly by Eawag and the FHNW School of Life Sciences – was awarded the main eco.ch 2017 prize in front of around 500 guests in Theater Basel. Read more

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Scientific publications

Gamma, A. E.; Slekiene, J.; von Medeazza, G.; Asplund, F.; Cardoso, P.; Mosler, H.-J. (2017) Contextual and psychosocial factors predicting Ebola prevention behaviours using the RANAS approach to behaviour change in Guinea-Bissau, BMC Public Health, 17(1), 446 (12 pp.), doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4360-2, Institutional Repository
Friedrich, M. N. D.; Binkert, M. E.; Mosler, H.-J. (2017) Contextual and psychosocial determinants of effective handwashing technique: recommendations for interventions from a case study in Harare, Zimbabwe, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 96(2), 430-436, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.16-0553, Institutional Repository
Lohri, C. R.; Diener, S.; Zabaleta, I.; Mertenat, A.; Zurbrügg, C. (2017) Treatment technologies for urban solid biowaste to create value products: a review with focus on low- and middleincome settings, Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology, 16(1), 81-130, doi:10.1007/s11157-017-9422-5, Institutional Repository
Lilje, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2016) Continuation of health behaviors: psychosocial factors sustaining drinking water chlorination in a longitudinal study from Chad, Sustainability, 8(11), 1149, doi:10.3390/su8111149, Institutional Repository
Lohri, C. R.; Zabaleta, I.; Rohr, M.; Baier, U.; Zurbrügg, C. (2016) Improving the energy-related aspects of biowaste treatment in an experimental hydrothermal carbonization reactor, Waste and Biomass Valorization, xx (14 pp.), doi:10.1007/s12649-016-9746-3, Institutional Repository
To the library
Vögeli, Y.; Lohri, C. R.; Gallardo, A.; Diener, S.; Zurbrügg, C. (2014) Anaerobic Digestion of Biowaste in Developing Countries. Practical Information and Case Studies, 135 p, Institutional Repository

New MOOC „Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management“

Sandec launched in collaboration with EPFL its' fourth MOOC on May 1st: During 5 weeks, the MOOC "Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management“ gives insights on how to apply concepts of sustainable faecal sludge management on a city-wide scale. Coursewebsite


Dr. Christoph Lüthi
  • developing countries
  • urban planning
  • sustainable water management
  • urban sanitation
  • urban water management
  • transdisciplinary research
  • drinking water
Regula Meierhofer
  • urban planning
  • sustainable water management
  • drinking water
  • water treatment
  • water supply