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


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May 24, 2018

Payment via mobile, replacement parts made on a 3D-printer, error messages via NFC-tag – Eawag doctoral student Caroline Saul has found some remarkable innovations in companies that market container toilets in developing countries. She sees great potential in making such technologies more widely available. Read more

February 12, 2018

Heavy rainfall can cause flash floods in urban areas. While data from flood events is required to model such phenomena, water levels and discharges are not routinely measured above ground. Eawag now plans to make use of widely available images and videos to estimate these values. Read more


Moy de Vitry, M.; Schindler, K.; Rieckermann, J.; Leitão, J. P. (2018) Sewer inlet localization in UAV image clouds: improving performance with multiview detection, Remote Sensing, 10(5), 706 (18 pp.), doi:10.3390/rs10050706, Institutional Repository
Fencl, M.; Dohnal, M.; Rieckermann, J.; Bareš, V. (2017) Gauge-adjusted rainfall estimates from commercial microwave links, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(1), 617-634, doi:10.5194/hess-21-617-2017, Institutional Repository
Rieckermann, J. (2017) Mischwasserbehandlung in der Schweiz - Stand der Technik und aktuelle Entwicklungen, In: Herausforderungen der Mischwasserbewirtschaftung. Erfahrungen aus 10 Jahren Anwendung des ÖWAV-Regelblattes 19, (11 pp.), 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.
Kanalnetzbewirtschaftung für besseren Gewässerschutz