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

A heat exchanger, which recovers heat from waste water, e.g. during a shower. (Photo: Joulia ltd.)
September 9, 2021 –

An Eawag study has shown that it makes good sense to recover domestic energy, for example from warm shower water. The study refutes concerns that this form of heat utilisation could have a negative impact on waste water treatment...

An Eawag study has shown that it makes good sense to recover domestic energy, for example from warm shower water. The study refutes concerns that this form of heat utilisation could have a negative impact on waste water treatment plants. In fact, utilising the energy closer to its source reduces energy losses in the waste-water system.

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July 15, 2021 –

Open Science is an important development in science - open access to the results of research. Eawag supports these and makes a growing part of its research data, including descriptions, images and even software, available publicly...

Open Science is an important development in science - open access to the results of research. Eawag supports these and makes a growing part of its research data, including descriptions, images and even software, available publicly and free of charge on the Eawag platform ERIC or, in special cases, on discipline-specific, international databases. ERIC complements the long-standing platform DORA for scientific publications.

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Publications

Back, Y.; Bach, P. M.; Jasper-Tönnies, A.; Rauch, W.; Kleidorfer, M. (2021) A rapid fine-scale approach to modelling urban bioclimatic conditions, Science of the Total Environment, 756, 143732 (17 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143732, Institutional Repository
Browne, S.; Lintern, A.; Jamali, B.; Leitão, J. P.; Bach, P. M. (2021) Stormwater management impacts of small urbanising towns: The necessity of investigating the 'devil in the detail', Science of the Total Environment, 757, 143835 (13 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143835, Institutional Repository
Cook, L. M.; Larsen, T. A. (2021) Towards a performance-based approach for multifunctional green roofs: an interdisciplinary review, Building and Environment, 188, 107489 (14 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107489, Institutional Repository
Figueroa, A.; Jackiewicz, Z.; Löhner, R. (2021) Efficient two-step Runge-Kutta methods for fluid dynamics simulations, Applied Numerical Mathematics, 159, 1-20, doi:10.1016/j.apnum.2020.08.013, 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
In-Sewer LPWAN - 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.