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

Sampling in a sewer (Symbol Photo: Eawag, 2014)
April 3, 2020 –

Researchers want to make use of the fact that coronaviruses excreted by infected individuals can be found in wastewater. If the viruses can be detected successfully, this may provide a much faster way of spotting a wave of...

Researchers want to make use of the fact that coronaviruses excreted by infected individuals can be found in wastewater. If the viruses can be detected successfully, this may provide a much faster way of spotting a wave of infections than via testing of symptomatic individuals. To find out more, we interviewed Eawag researcher Christoph Ort.

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Rain gardens, like this one in Minnesota, help reduce flooding in urban areas during extreme precipitation events. (Photo: MCPA Photos, Flickr)
February 27, 2020 –

Precipitation varies substantially in terms of location and time. With climate change increasing this variability, urban stormwater systems are also affected – not least in Switzerland. How exactly their performance may change has...

Precipitation varies substantially in terms of location and time. With climate change increasing this variability, urban stormwater systems are also affected – not least in Switzerland. How exactly their performance may change has been investigated by Eawag researcher Lauren Cook in the dissertation she has written at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).

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Publications

Cook, L. M.; McGinnis, S.; Samaras, C. (2020) The effect of modeling choices on updating intensity-duration-frequency curves and stormwater infrastructure designs for climate change, Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-019-02649-6, Institutional Repository
Jamali, B.; Bach, P. M.; Deletic, A. (2020) Rainwater harvesting for urban flood management - an integrated modelling framework, Water Research, 171, 115372 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115372, Institutional Repository
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
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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.
Advancing estimation of illicit drug use from wastewater samples - the role of in-sewer drug transformation.
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