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

March 25, 2021

In the latest NEST podcast with Peter Richner, Tove Larsen talks about what we flush down the toilet, why problems should be solved at the source and why wastewater doesn't lie.

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March 23, 2021

Online biomonitoring systems offer the possibility of real-time monitoring of wastewater with organisms and enable wastewater treatment plant operators to react immediately to acute pollution in wastewater. So far, however, very little information is available on the suitability of online biomonitoring systems for such monitoring. An applied project by Eawag, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and the Oekotoxzentrum is now set to change this.

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Scientific publications

Nadimpalli, M. L.; Marks, S. J.; Montealegre, M. C.; Gilman, R. H.; Pajuelo, M. J.; Saito, M.; Tsukayama, P.; Njenga, S. M.; Kiiru, J.; Swarthout, J.; Islam, M. A.; Julian, T. R.; Pickering, A. J. (2020) Urban informal settlements as hotspots of antimicrobial resistance and the need to curb environmental transmission, Nature Microbiology, 5(6), 787-795, doi:10.1038/s41564-020-0722-0, Institutional Repository
Feinberg, A.; Stenke, A.; Peter, T.; Winkel, L. H. E. (2020) Constraining atmospheric selenium emissions using observations, global modeling, and Bayesian inference, Environmental Science and Technology, 54(12), 7146-7155, doi:10.1021/acs.est.0c01408, Institutional Repository
Bach, P. M.; Kuller, M.; McCarthy, D. T.; Deletic, A. (2020) A spatial planning-support system for generating decentralised urban stormwater management schemes, Science of the Total Environment, 726, 138282 (16 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138282, Institutional Repository
Sutherland, C.; Reynaert, E.; Dhlamini, S.; Magwaza, F.; Lienert, J.; Riechmann, M. E.; Buthelezi, S.; Khumalo, D.; Morgenroth, E.; Udert, K. M.; Sindall, R. C. (2021) Socio-technical analysis of a sanitation innovation in a peri-urban household in Durban, South Africa, Science of the Total Environment, 755, 143284 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143284, Institutional Repository
Gold, M.; Egger, J.; Scheidegger, A.; Zurbrügg, C.; Bruno, D.; Bonelli, M.; Tettamanti, G.; Casartelli, M.; Schmitt, E.; Kerkaert, B.; De Smet, J.; Van Campenhout, L.; Mathys, A. (2020) Estimating black soldier fly larvae biowaste conversion performance by simulation of midgut digestion, Waste Management, 112, 40-51, doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2020.05.026, Institutional Repository
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Dr. Nadja Contzen
  • environmental psychology
  • transdisciplinary research
  • behaviour change
  • health psychology
  • public acceptability
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. Linda Strande
  • wastewater
  • developing countries
Dr. Christian Zurbrügg
  • solid waste management
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • urban sanitation
  • water supply