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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December 13, 2017

The EPFL has launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in collaboration with Eawag’s Sandec department and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The course is designed to shed light on the important role played by Public Health Engineers at times of humanitarian crisis, and how health risks can be mitigated. Read more

November 23, 2017

In collaboration with the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermal Energy at the University of Neuchâtel, Eawag recently organised a PEAK Course on the controversial topic of “Groundwater and Agriculture”. A major focal point of the information and discussions was the issue of nitrate pollution. Read more

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Scientific publications

Lilje, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2017) Effects of a behavior change campaign on household drinking water disinfection in the Lake Chad basin using the RANAS approach, Science of the Total Environment, xx, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.142, Institutional Repository
Tarfasa, S.; Brouwer, R.; Sheremet, O.; Bouma, J. (2017) Informing water harvesting technology contract design using choice experiments, Water Resources Research, 53(10), 8211-8225, doi:10.1002/2016WR020154, Institutional Repository
Schoebitz, L.; Bischoff, F.; Lohri, C. R.; Niwagaba, C. B.; Siber, R.; Strande, L. (2017) GIS analysis and optimisation of faecal sludge logistics at city-wide scale in Kampala, Uganda, Sustainability, 9(2), 194 (16 pp.), doi:10.3390/su9020194, Institutional Repository
Kohler, P.; Renggli, S.; Lüthi, C. (2017) WASH and gender in health care facilities: the uncharted territory, Health Care for Women International, doi:10.1080/07399332.2017.1395440, Institutional Repository
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
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