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November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013The engineering firm Hunziker Betatech has devised an unusual 50th anniversary present for itself: a study of the condition of the water and sewage pipes in Switzerland.

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September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013Over 3,000 participants visited the 23rd Stockholm World Water Week last week from 1st to 5th September. The theme of the week was “Water Partnerships”. The Swiss Water Partnership had a stand there for the first time, jointly organized by and containing information from nine Swiss organisations..

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July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013The Micropol & Ecohazard 2013 Conference came to an end on 20 June 2013. Over 350 participants from around 40 countries gathered together in Zurich at the invitation of the Eawag organisation committee and under the direction of Prof. Hansruedi Siegrist, to learn about the latest developments in the analysis, behaviour and elimination of micropollutants in the urban water cycle.

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April 18, 2013

April 18, 2013Nanosilver in wastewater can cause severe environmental damage if it occurs as a metal. A study conducted within the scope of the National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64) now shows that nanosilver is quickly transformed into less problematic substances on its way to the wastewater treatment plant..

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October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012On 2nd October 2012 the foundation stone was laid in the Neugut water treatment plant for the first ozonation facility in Switzerland.

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August 15, 2012

August 15, 2012There are 2.6 billion people in the world who have no access to a decent toilet. An interdisciplinary team of Swiss aquatic researchers and designers from Austria won with their invention as part of the 'Re-invent the Toilet' competition, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation a special recognition award..

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August 6, 2012

August 6, 2012Daily consumption of cocaine in Europe amounts to ca. 360 kilograms. This is the report of an international team of scientists, among them researchers from Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. 

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March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012Large quantities of antibiotic-resistant bacteria enter the environment via municipal – and especially hospital – wastewater streams..

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February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012Within a relatively short period, eutrophication has led to a reduction of almost 40% in the number of endemic whitefish species in Swiss lakes..

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January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012Working together with the Kloten/Opfikon water treatment plant, Eawag researchers have developed a means of producing fertilizer from wastewater, and thereby saving energy and raw materials..

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