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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February 21, 2017

As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium. 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

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 (20 pp.), 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, 1-14, doi:10.1007/s12649-016-9746-3, Institutional Repository
Gosset,M.; Kunstmann,H.; Zougm ore,F.; Cazenave,F.; Leijnse,H.; Uijlenhoet,R.; Chwala,C.; Keis,F.; Doumounia,A.; Boubacar,B.; Kacou,M.; Alpert,P.; Messer,H.; Rieckermann,J.; Hoedjes,J. (2016) Improving rainfall measurement in gauge poor regions thanks to mobile telecommunication networks, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97(3), ES49-ES51, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00164.1, Institutional Repository
Seimetz,E.; Boyayo,A.M.; Mosler,H.J. (2016) The Influence of Contextual and Psychosocial Factors on Handwashing, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 21 pp, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.15-0657, Institutional Repository
Gold,M.; Dayer,P.; Faye,M.C.A.S.; Clair,G.; Seck,A.; Niang,S.; Morgenroth,E.; Strande,L. (2016) Locally produced natural conditioners for dewatering of faecal sludge, Environmental Technology (United Kingdom), 1-13, doi:10.1080/09593330.2016.1165293, Institutional Repository
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 pp, 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
Dr. Linda Strande
  • wastewater
  • developing countries