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

Sarah M. Springman, Rector of ETH Zurich, presents the Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize to Matthew Moy de Vitry. (Photo: ETH Zurich / Giulia Marthaler)
December 7, 2020 –

Matthew Moy de Vitry has been awarded the ETH Zurich Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for his doctoral thesis “Public surveillance and the future of urban pluvial flood modelling”.

Matthew Moy de Vitry has been awarded the ETH Zurich Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for his doctoral thesis “Public surveillance and the future of urban pluvial flood modelling”.

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A glimpse inside the measurement trailer (Photo: Eawag)
December 4, 2020 –

The mobile and automated MS2field mass spectrometer allows measurements to be taken of harmful substances in surface waters with high temporal resolution. The initial measurements using the device are revealing the extent to which...

The mobile and automated MS2field mass spectrometer allows measurements to be taken of harmful substances in surface waters with high temporal resolution. The initial measurements using the device are revealing the extent to which peak concentrations of pesticides, for example, have been underestimated by traditional methods.

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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.