Wastewater

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

News

November 26, 2020

Sprawling carpets of floating plants are the result of too many nutrients. However, they could become part of solution strategies, Eawag researchers show.

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November 19, 2020

At Eawag, the aquatic research institute, numerous scientists are conducting research into toilets. In short videos, seven of them explain what fascinates them about the topic and what exactly their research is all about.

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Events

Scientific publications

Sun, L.; Ashcroft, P.; Ackermann, M.; Bonhoeffer, S. (2020) Stochastic gene expression influences the selection of antibiotic resistance mutations, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 37(1), 58-70, doi:10.1093/molbev/msz199, Institutional Repository
Domagała, K.; Jacquin, C.; Borlaf, M.; Sinnet, B.; Julian, T.; Kata, D.; Graule, T. (2020) Efficiency and stability evaluation of Cu2O/MWCNTs filters for virus removal from water, Water Research, 179, 115879 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.115879, Institutional Repository
Suess, E.; Berg, M.; Bouchet, S.; Cayo, L.; Hug, S. J.; Kaegi, R.; Voegelin, A.; Winkel, L. H. E.; Tessier, E.; Amouroux, D.; Buser, A. M. (2020) Mercury loads and fluxes from wastewater: a nationwide survey in Switzerland, Water Research, 175, 115708 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.115708, Institutional Repository
Arlos, M. J.; Schürz, F.; Fu, Q.; Lauper, B. B.; Stamm, C.; Hollender, J. (2020) Coupling river concentration simulations with a toxicokinetic model effectively predicts the internal concentrations of wastewater-derived micropollutants in field gammarids, Environmental Science and Technology, 54(3), 1710-1719, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b05736, Institutional Repository
Fu, Q.; Fedrizzi, D.; Kosfeld, V.; Schlechtriem, C.; Ganz, V.; Derrer, S.; Rentsch, D.; Hollender, J. (2020) Biotransformation changes bioaccumulation and toxicity of diclofenac in aquatic organisms, Environmental Science and Technology, 54, 4400-4408, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b07127, Institutional Repository
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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.

Experts

Dr. Christian Binz
  • decentralized systems
  • innovation
  • global change
  • sustainable transitions
  • urban water management
Marc Böhler
  • wastewater treatment
  • micropollutants
  • ozonation
Dr. Nicolas Derlon
  • wastewater
  • wastewater treatment
  • wastewater treatment plant
Dr. Adriano Joss
  • wastewater
  • micropollutants
  • ozonation
Prof. Dr. Tove Larsen
  • NoMix
  • urine separation
Dr. Joao Paulo Leitao
  • urban water management
  • urban planning
Prof. Dr. Max Maurer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • sustainable water management
  • urban sanitation
  • urban water management
  • urine separation
Dr. Christa McArdell
  • wastewater
  • micropollutants
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Morgenroth
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • nutrients
  • urban water management
  • urban planning
  • urine separation
Dr. Christoph Ort
  • wastewater
  • modeling
Dr. Jörg Rieckermann
  • wastewater
  • modeling
  • urban water management
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Kai Udert
  • wastewater separation
  • decentralized technologies
  • nutrients
  • urine separation
  • resource recovery