Water and Development

WASH: water, sanitation and hygiene

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are recognized in the Millennium Development Goals as key contributors to human health and welfare. Hygienic practices are also crucially important to prevent the spread of diarrheal disease, a major cause of childhood mortality. Appropriate management of excreta protects the environment and can allow for the recovery of nutrients and energy.

News

April 14, 2022

April 14, 2022Chlorination of drinking water reduces infections – and it changes the composition of the intestinal flora of young children, as a study published today in “Nature Microbiology” shows. The results indicate that the diversity of the intestinal flora isn’t reduced and bacteria associated with gut health are increased.

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April 12, 2022

April 12, 2022Eawag is taking its experience with the treatment of faecal sludge in low-income countries and applying this know-how in Switzerland. The aim is to develop solutions that allow wastewater to be used as a source of energy and nutrients.

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Scientific publications

Duygan, M.; Fischer, M.; Pärli, R.; Ingold, K. (2022) Where do smart cities grow? The spatial and socio-economic configurations of smart city development, Sustainable Cities and Society, 77, 103578 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scs.2021.103578, Institutional Repository
Wiedemann, R.; Stamm, C.; Staudacher, P. (2022) Participatory knowledge integration to promote safe pesticide use in Uganda, Environmental Science and Policy, 128, 154-164, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2021.11.012, Institutional Repository
Wiedemann, R. (2022) To intervene or not to intervene: potential for targeted pesticide policy in Uganda, Environmental Science and Policy, 129, 168-178, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2022.01.003, Institutional Repository
Tavella, J.; Windsor, F. M.; Rother, D.C.; Evans, D. M.; Guimarães, P. R.; Palacios, T. P.; Lois, M.; Devoto, M. (2022) Using motifs in ecological networks to identify the role of plants in crop margins for multiple agriculture functions, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 331, 107912 (4 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.agee.2022.107912, Institutional Repository
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Current research projects

Inadequate access to microbiologically safe drinking water continuously threatens the health and well-being of more than a billion people, primarily in developing countries
This project facilitates the exchange of data, maps and information on geogenic contaminants (focussing on arsenic and fluoride) via the web-based Groundwater Assessment Platform (GAP)
The aim of CWIS research is to develop a method that synthesizes existing information about the sanitation landscapes of cities in India and that presents comprehensive sanitation solutions.
With Helvetas-Nepal, this project aims to establish a drinking water security strategy in rural communities
Water Resource Quality (WRQ) was an integrated project running from 2006-2012 at Eawag that aimed to develop a generally applicable framework for the mitigation of geogenic contamination in groundwater used for drinking.

Experts

Dr. Nadja Contzen
  • environmental psychology
  • transdisciplinary research
  • behaviour change
  • health psychology
  • public acceptability
Dr. Lauren Cook
  • planning of infrastructure
  • climate change
  • modeling
  • sustainable water management
  • urban water management
Dr. Joaquin Jimenez-Martinez
  • groundwater
  • hydrogeology
  • modeling
  • porous and fractured media
  • transport of contaminants
Dr. Christoph Lüthi
  • developing countries
  • urban planning
  • sustainable water management
  • urban sanitation
  • urban water management
  • transdisciplinary research
  • drinking water
Dr. Sara Marks
  • sustainable water management
  • technology concepts
  • transdisciplinary research
  • water treatment
  • water supply
Regula Meierhofer
  • urban planning
  • sustainable water management
  • drinking water
  • water treatment
  • water supply
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Mosler
  • environmental psychology
  • water treatment
Dr. Daniel Odermatt
  • monitoring
  • surface water
  • spectroscopic methods
  • earth observation
  • remote sensing
Dr. Linda Strande
  • wastewater
  • developing countries
Dr. Christian Zurbrügg
  • solid waste management
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • urban sanitation
  • water supply

Cover picture: Eawag study in Africa about the recontamination of drinking water in jerrycans. (Photo: Regula Meierhofer)