Department Urban Water Management

Urban Water Management

Research in this department aims at the urban water system as an entity and at developing the corresponding ecological, economical and social services into a sustainable future. In addition to traditional questions concerning urban hygiene and water pollution control, the sustainable use and management of the resources is a primary concern. Read more

Urban Water Observatory

The Urban Water Observatory (UWO) is a long-term initiative of ETH and Eawag to establish a sensor network in Fehraltorf, allowing spatially-distributed monitoring of urban water cycle processes.  Read more

News

Renaturation project at the confluence of the Beverin and Inn rivers in Bever. (Photo: Flurin Bertschinger/Ex-Press/BAFU)
October 6, 2020 –

The new digital tool PlaNet makes it easier for municipalities to identify important project partners but also critical voices in complex environmental and infrastructure projects. In this way, it helps them to set up...

The new digital tool PlaNet makes it easier for municipalities to identify important project partners but also critical voices in complex environmental and infrastructure projects. In this way, it helps them to set up participatory processes in a professional manner.

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Carina Doll, Project Coordinator at Eawag, and Bastian Etter, head of Vuna Ltd (Picture: Loris Padiani, Empa)
September 29, 2020 –

Circular economy also holds great potential when it comes to wastewater. At NEST, Eawag is conducting research on decentralized wastewater treatment with the aim to use wastewater as a source of nutrients, energy and water....

Circular economy also holds great potential when it comes to wastewater. At NEST, Eawag is conducting research on decentralized wastewater treatment with the aim to use wastewater as a source of nutrients, energy and water. Important partners are Keramik Laufen AG with the urine separation toilet "Save!" and the Eawag Spin-off Vuna with the liquid fertilizer made of urine "Aurin".

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Publications

Larsen, T. A. (2020) Urine source separation for global nutrient management, In: O’Bannon, D. J. (Eds.), Women in water quality. Investigations by prominent female engineers, 99-111, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-17819-2_6, Institutional Repository
Moy de Vitry, M.; Leitão, J. P. (2020) The potential of proxy water level measurements for calibrating urban pluvial flood models, Water Research, 175, 115669 (14 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.115669, Institutional Repository
Hadengue, B.; Scheidegger, A.; Morgenroth, E.; Larsen, T. A. (2020) Modeling the water-energy nexus in households, Energy and Buildings, 225, 110262 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110262, Institutional Repository
Spuhler, D.; Germann, V.; Kassa, K.; Abebe Ketema, A.; Manandhar Sherpa, A.; Gyalzen Sherpa, M.; Maurer, M.; Lüthi, C.; Langergraber, G. (2020) Developing sanitation planning options: a tool for systematic consideration of novel technologies and systems, Journal of Environmental Management, 271, 111004 (21 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111004, Institutional Repository
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Research Projects

Goal is an improved planning procedure for sustainable water supply and wastewater infrastructure management that links into the existing Swiss governance structures.
An inter- and transdisciplinary strategic research program that strives to develop novel non-gridconnected water and sani- tation systems that can function as comparable alternatives to network-based systems.
Kanalnetzbewirtschaftung für besseren Gewässerschutz
Application of Wastewater-based Epidemiology to SARS-CoV-2 Detection
A new LoRa-based synchronous mesh network to help monitoring in-sewer processes
Development of self-powered sensored pipes for smart management of water distribution systems
Improving the environmental benefits of green roofs through system focused experiments and modeling
The ‘Transitions Pathways Generator’ (TPG) model aims at the systematic generation of transition pathways describing technical adaptations of the urban drainage infrastructure.