Although water resources are generally of good quality and high abundance in Switzerland, water supplies are confronted with serious challenges, such as climatic and demographic changes, the preservation and renewal of drinking water infrastructures as well as increasing requirements for drinking water quality. Considering the small scale infrastructure of the water supply in Switzerland, particularly small and medium sized water supplies are considerably affected by these challenges.
CCDW’s aim is to approach current and emerging drinking water problems by conducting interdisciplinary research projects in cooperation with partners from practice (authorities, water suppliers, external partners, e.g. consulting engineers) and by developing options for future actions. Projects envisioned by CCDW are research-based and go beyond classical consulting. Where possible, the outcome of these projects shall be transferred to drinking water issues in other regions and countries.
The focus of present activities lies within Switzerland and industrialized countries, but a link to projects in other regions of the world also exists.
CCDW seeks to improve the links between science and the Swiss drinking water practice and also promotes international collaboration: