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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September 12, 2017

Conversion of organic waste into valuable products is becoming more widespread, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The treatment of waste by larvae of the black soldier fly (BSF) has especially raised much attention in recent years.  Despite these advances, a significant need existed for guidelines on how to set up and operate a commercially viable treatment facility. The Black Soldier Fly Biowaste Processing: A Step-by-Step Guide published in July 2017 summarises the results of ten years of research and development in this field at Eawag and imparts valuable know-how through practical advice and instructions. Read more

August 23, 2017

Arsenic-contaminated groundwater used as drinking water or for irrigation may threaten the health of 50 to 60 million people in Pakistan. This is shown by an Eawag-led study – co-financed by SDC – in which data from 1200 groundwater samples was analysed and combined with geological and hydrological parameters to generate a hazard map. Read more

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Scientific publications

Slekiene, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2017) Does depression moderate handwashing in children?, BMC Public Health, 18, 82 (9 pp.), doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4638-4, Institutional Repository
Gold, M.; Harada, H.; Therrien, J.-D.; Nishida, T.; Cunningham, M.; Semiyaga, S.; Fujii, S.; Dorea, C.; Nguyen, V.-A.; Strande, L. (2017) Cross-country analysis of faecal sludge dewatering, Environmental Technology, xx, doi:10.1080/09593330.2017.1374472, Institutional Repository
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
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


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