Optimise and overcome new challenges

The wastewater infrastructure in Switzerland is worth 125 billion Swiss francs. Nine hundred treatment plants clean the country’s wastewater around the clock. Part of the work of Eawag is to examine how this success story can be continuously optimised and tailored to suit the particular conditions in other countries, as well as to look at how to overcome new challenges


February 17, 2020

Eawag and the Eawag spin-off Vuna have made urine fertiliser production mobile. Today, the Urine Express will be presented at a very special location in Biel: next to the first public grass tennis court in Switzerland. In future, the tennis court is to be fertilised with urine fertiliser.

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November 19, 2019

It's World Toilet Day today. What may sound curious is intended to draw attention to a serious problem. Because worldwide, one in three people lack access to appropriate sanitation. In the Blue Diversion Autarky project, researchers are developing an off-grid toilet, with on-site treatment allowing valuable resources to be recovered.

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Scientific publications

Nürenberg, G.; Kunkel, U.; Wick, A.; Falås, P.; Joss, A.; Ternes, T. A. (2019) Nontarget analysis: a new tool for the evaluation of wastewater processes, Water Research, 163, 114842 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.07.009, Institutional Repository
Wolf, C.; Pavese, A.; von Gunten, U.; Kohn, T. (2019) Proxies to monitor the inactivation of viruses by ozone in surface water and wastewater effluent, Water Research, 166, 115088 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115088, Institutional Repository
Surette, M. C.; Nason, J. A.; Kaegi, R. (2019) The influence of surface coating functionality on the aging of nanoparticles in wastewater, Environmental Science: Nano, 6(8), 2470-2483, doi:10.1039/C9EN00376B, Institutional Repository
Gago-Ferrero, P.; Bletsou, A. A.; Damalas, D. E.; Aalizadeh, R.; Alygizakis, N. A.; Singer, H. P.; Hollender, J.; Thomaidis, N. S. (2019) Wide-scope target screening of >2000 emerging contaminants in wastewater samples with UPLC-Q-ToF-HRMS/MS and smart evaluation of its performance through the validation of 195 selected representative analytes, Journal of Hazardous Materials, doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.121712, Institutional Repository
Wick, S.; Peña, J.; Voegelin, A. (2019) Thallium sorption onto manganese oxides, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(22), 13168-13178, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b04454, Institutional Repository
To the library
Mutzner, L.; Mangold, S.; Dicht, S.; Bohren, C.; Vermeirssen, E. L. M.; Scheidegger, A.; Singer, H.; Ort, C. (2019) Mikroverunreinigungen aus Siedlungen. Messungen in 20 Mischabwasserentlastungen mit Passivsammler, Aqua & Gas, 99(10), 28-35, Institutional Repository
Ferrari, G.; Junghans, M.; Korkaric, M.; Werner, I. (2019) Antibiotikaresistenzbildung in der Umwelt. Herleitung von UQK für Antibiotika unter Berücksichtigung von Resistenzbildung, Aqua & Gas, 99(6), 52-58, Institutional Repository
Fumasoli, A.; Bützer, S.; Kraft, T.; Derlon, N.; Lüdin, K.; Behl, M.; Maissen, B. (2019) Trommelsieb als Vorklärbecken-Ersatz. Erkenntnisse aus einem Pilotversuch auf der ARA Sihltal, Aqua & Gas, 99(10), 76-82, Institutional Repository

Selected research projects and focus areas

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.
The National Research Programme "Sustainable Water Management" (NRP 61) developed scientific foundations and methods for sustainable management of Switzerland's water resources.
Eawag has a long history of developing innovative processes for separating wastewater at source. These technologies include one whereby urine is separated out using the NoMix Toilet.