Water and Development

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.


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October 22, 2018

Even though the water we’ve used for washing our hands is barely contaminated, it usually disappears down the drain, never to be used again. A newly developed system allows handwashing water to be recycled, thus not only saving water, but also helping to prevent infectious diseases in developing countries. Read more

October 2, 2018

Research in low- and middle-income countries is an important component of Eawag’s mission. The Eawag Partnership Programme (EPP) was developed to strengthen research and research ties with students and academic institutions in the Global South. 10 years and over 80 fellows from 28 different countries later, EPP celebrates the successful building of bridges and transfer of scientific knowledge. Read more

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Scientific publications

Ziemba, C.; Larivé, O.; Reynaert, E.; Morgenroth, E. (2018) Chemical composition, nutrient-balancing and biological treatment of hand washing greywater, Water Research, 144, 752-762, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2018.07.005, Institutional Repository
Strande, L.; Schoebitz, L.; Bischoff, F.; Ddiba, D.; Okello, F.; Englund, M.; Ward, B. J.; Niwagaba, C. B. (2018) Methods to reliably estimate faecal sludge quantities and qualities for the design of treatment technologies and management solutions, Journal of Environmental Management, 223, 898-907, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.06.100, Institutional Repository
Contzen, N.; Marks, S. J. (2018) Increasing the regular use of safe water kiosk through collective psychological ownership: a mediation analysis, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 57, 45-52, doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.06.008, Institutional Repository
Mosler, H.-J.; Mosch, S.; Harter, M. (2018) Is community-led total sanitation connected to the rebuilding of latrines? Quantitative evidence from Mozambique, PLoS One, 13(5), e0197483 (16 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0197483, Institutional Repository
To the library
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


Dr. Christoph Lüthi
  • developing countries
  • urban planning
  • sustainable water management
  • urban sanitation
  • urban water management
  • transdisciplinary research
  • drinking water
Regula Meierhofer
  • urban planning
  • sustainable water management
  • drinking water
  • water treatment
  • water supply