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

April 3, 2020

Researchers want to make use of the fact that coronaviruses excreted by infected individuals can be found in wastewater. If the viruses can be detected successfully, this may provide a much faster way of spotting a wave of infections than via testing of symptomatic individuals. To find out more, we interviewed Eawag researcher Christoph Ort.

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March 31, 2020

Using a simple but ingenious strategy, a research team has successfully demonstrated how water quality downstream of wastewater treatment plants is influenced by a single pharmaceutical manufacturing site: as variations in the concentrations of compounds over time are dependent on production cycles, it is possible to distinguish between industrial and household emissions – even a long way downstream.

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Events

16. - 17.06.​2020,
Eawag Dübendorf
09.09.​2020,
9.00 am
Swiss Tech Convention Center Lausanne

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.

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