SDG 6 focuses on the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. This is a key concern for Eawag. Accordingly, Eawag research makes a relevant contribution to the achievement of all formulated subgoals.
Achieve access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
Achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation facilities and hygiene measures for all.
Improve water quality worldwide.
Increase the efficiency of water usage.
Implement the integrated management of water resources at all levels.
Protect and restore water-related ecosystems.
Expand international cooperation for water and wastewater-related activities.
Strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and wastewater management.
The project researches the efficiency of technologies for the removal of micropollutants in wastewater treatment plants and the resulting changes in aquatic organisms in the river. Read more
Groundwater Assessment Platform (GAP)
As part of this project, a GIS-based online data and information portal for groundwater-related issues was developed, with a special focus on the geogenic pollutants arsenic and fluoride. These naturally occurring groundwater pollutants affect over a hundred million people worldwide with mild to severe health problems. Read more
Research addresses the pressing regional and increasingly global challenges affecting groundwater and its protection as a natural resource. In addition, strategies are being developed for sustainable water supply in arid/semi-arid areas and megacities. Read more
CyanoBloom - Why do toxic cyanobacteria bloom? A gene-to-ecosystem approach
Our objective is to understand the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that trigger cyanobacterial blooms within a lake ecosystem and its food network, and to develop predictive models for these events. The research methods are holistic and interdisciplinary to reach robust conclusions about the impact of cyanobacterial blooms. Read more
SeeWandel: Life in Lake Constance
The SeeWandel project (or "Lake Change" project) brings together seven research institutions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The complex interactions between nutrient decline, climate change, invasive and alien species and other stress factors are being investigated. How these influence the ecosystem of Lake Constance as well as the human utilisation of the lake’s resources is also the subject of the investigations. Read more
E. coli in drinking water
The objective of this project is to quantify the prevalence, identify risk factors and understand the transmission of pathogenic and antibiotic-resistant E. coli. For this purpose, representative nationwide surveys of drinking water and a novel and cost-effective method for screening E. coli are being used. Read more
Blue Diversion Autarky Project
This project develops modular systems for the treatment of wastewater, urine and faeces in the toilet that do not require an external connection to the drinking water and wastewater network. This separation at the source allows the three streams to be treated according to their specific characteristics, allowing maximum recovery of resources such as nutrients and fresh water. Read more
Water Hub at NEST - Resource-oriented decentralised wastewater treatment
By collecting urine, brown water and grey water separately in buildings, the three wastewater streams can be treated according to their characteristics, so that a maximum recovery of resources such as nutrients or water is possible. Read more
REACH: Strategy to secure drinking water supply in Nepal
The REACH project aims to establish a sustainable and robust drinking water monitoring system in conjunction with a risk-based supply strategy for rural Nepal. Read more
Citizen Science: Knowledge as a weapon in the fight for clean water
The project involves local communities in Hwange in western Zimbabwe in collecting data from water samples that showed their local water sources were polluted by coal mining companies. Read more
This project has developed innovative processes to separate wastewater at the source. One of these technologies is the NoMix toilet, which separates urine and faeces. It is an essential component for sanitation systems that separate urine from the rest of the wastewater. Read more
Glacial lake formation due to climate warming in Switzerland
As part of this project, a comprehensive inventory of Swiss glacial lakes will be compiled, which can be used for monitoring and analysing the effects of climate change, developing tourist attractions and opening up new opportunities for hydropower utilisation. Read more
The project supports sustainable management of river systems and investigates and develops restoration measures. The database is to be improved, for example, by developing methods for cross-project comparisons of restoration measures at the national level. Read more
Hydropeaking - Synergies between practice and science
The objective of the project is to reduce problematic impacts in river systems that have reservoirs by monitoring and assessing hydropower installations. Read more
As the SDGs are closely interlinked and interdependent, this is a non-exhaustive selection of projects.