Drinking Water

Prevention is better than cure

Thanks to the fact that Switzerland’s surface waters have been kept clean, this maxim has to a large extent been upheld. However, the presence of new (harmful) substances allows no room for complacency on this front. Globally, there is an urgent need for cost-effective and energy-efficient water treatment solutions on various scales - all the way through to wastewater recycling.

News

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May 16, 2018

Ultrafiltration is one of the techniques currently used for disinfecting water – viruses and bacteria are reliably retained by a membrane with extremely small pores. For more than ten years, Eawag has successfully been carrying out research to determine how this method can function using the effect of gravity on water instead of high pressure, cleaning and chemicals. These new discoveries are being applied in increasing numbers of ways. In addition to decentralised drinking water purification, Eawag is now researching uses in areas such as greywater recycling and pre-treatment of seawater for desalination. Read more

April 16, 2018

What is the contribution of upstream areas to micropollutant loads in the Rhine at Basel and Düsseldorf? How effectively do authorities and water suppliers collaborate on management and regulation across national boundaries? An interdisciplinary approach developed by Eawag scientists can help to identify deficiencies. Read more

Scientific publications

Nescerecka, A.; Juhna, T.; Hammes, F. (2018) Identifying the underlying causes of biological instability in a full-scale drinking water supply system, Water Research, 135, 11-21, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2018.02.006, Institutional Repository
Tentscher, P. R.; Bourgin, M.; von Gunten, U. (2018) Ozonation of Para-substituted phenolic compounds yields p‑benzoquinones, other cyclic α,β-unsaturated ketones, and substituted catechols, Environmental Science and Technology, 52(8), 4763-4773, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b00011, Institutional Repository
Neu, L.; Bänziger, C.; Proctor, C. R.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, W.-T.; Hammes, F. (2018) Ugly ducklings - the dark side of plastic materials in contact with potable water, npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, 4(1), 7 (11 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41522-018-0050-9, Institutional Repository
To the library
Lanz, K.; Rahn, E.; Siber, R.; Stamm, C. (2014) Bewirtschaftung der Wasserressourcen unter steigendem Nutzungsdruck, 84 p, Institutional Repository
Hoffmann, S.; Hunkeler, D.; Maurer, M. (2014) Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung in der Schweiz. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen. Thematische Synthese 3 im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung», 83 p, Institutional Repository

Selected research projects and programs

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.

Experts

Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Dr. Stephan Hug
  • arsenic
  • solid-water interfaces
  • groundwater
  • spectroscopic methods
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kipfer
  • noble gases
  • isotopes
Prof. Dr. Urs Von Gunten
  • advanced oxidation processes
  • ozonation
  • drinking water
  • water treatment
Prof. Dr. Lenny Winkel
  • inorganic contaminants
  • arsenic
  • groundwater
  • organic pollutants
  • sediments
  • selenium