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


July 25, 2019

Phosphate supplies are limited and found in only a few countries. Mining and transport of this nutrient are costly. It is therefore becoming increasingly important that phosphorus be recovered and reused regionally, and Switzerland, with a functioning phosphorus recycling economy, can lead the way. Read more

July 8, 2019

Without phosphorus there would be no life; however, the mineable quantities are limited. The element was first described 350 years ago. This week, some 200 experts are meeting in Zurich to discuss the future of phosphorus. Read more


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Scientific publications

Schmiedgruber, M.; Hufenus, R.; Mitrano, D. M. (2019) Mechanistic understanding of microplastic fiber fate and sampling strategies: synthesis and utility of metal doped polyester fibers, Water Research, 155, 423-430, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.02.044, Institutional Repository
Yang, L.; Wen, Q.; Zhao, Y.; Chen, Z.; Wang, Q.; Bürgmann, H. (2019) New insight into effect of antibiotics concentration and process configuration on the removal of antibiotics and relevant antibiotic resistance genes, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 373, 60-66, doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.03.060, Institutional Repository
Harder, R.; Wielemaker, R.; Larsen, T. A.; Zeeman, G.; Öberg, G. (2019) Recycling nutrients contained in human excreta to agriculture: pathways, processes, and products, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 49(8), 696-743, doi:10.1080/10643389.2018.1558889, Institutional Repository
Penn, R.; Maurer, M.; Michalec, F.-G.; Scheidegger, A.; Zhou, J.; Holzner, M. (2019) Quantifying physical disintegration of faeces in sewers: stochastic model and flow reactor experiments, Water Research, 152, 159-170, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2018.12.037, Institutional Repository
Lindeboom, R. E. F.; Ilgrande, C.; Carvajal-Arroyo, J. M.; Coninx, I.; Van Hoey, O.; Roume, H.; Morozova, J.; Udert, K. M.; Sas, B.; Paille, C.; Lasseur, C.; Ilyin, V.; Clauwaert, P.; Leys, N.; Vlaeminck, S. E. (2018) Nitrogen cycle microorganisms can be reactivated after Space exposure, Scientific Reports, 8(1), 13783 (7 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41598-018-32055-4, Institutional Repository
To the library
Wunderlin, P.; Joss, A.; Siegrist, H.; Abegglen, C.; Schärer, M. (2015) Verfahrenstechnik Mikroverunreinigungen. www.micropoll.ch - Wissensplattform des VSA, Aqua & Gas, 95(2), 14-19, Institutional Repository
Kaufmann, M.; Dürrenmatt, D.; Villez, K. (2015) Verstecktes Potenzial in Kläranlagendaten. Anlageoptimierung dank systematischer Datenauswertung, Aqua & Gas, 95(2), 76-81, Institutional Repository
Larsen, T. A.; Udert, K. M.; Lienert, J. (2014) Abwassertrennung und Dezentralisierung, Aqua & Gas, 94(1), 52-54, Institutional Repository
Vögeli, Y.; Lohri, C. R.; Gallardo, A.; Diener, S.; Zurbrügg, C. (2014) Anaerobic digestion of biowaste in developing countries. Practical information and case studies, 135 p, 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.