Pollutants

Ways to reduce pollution

Thousands of chemical substances end up in the aquatic environment, either by direct or indirect means. Some of these chemicals – hormones for example – have an effect on aquatic organisms, with far-reaching consequences. The water treatment plants cannot remove all of the pollutants from the wastewater. Eawag researches amongst other issues how supplementary measures in water treatment plants  affect biodiversity.

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December 19, 2018

Making environment-related decisions can be a complex business. A wide range of stakeholders need to be co-opted, different options need to be assessed and the impacts and consequences estimated. In order to also include the opinions of the wider public, Eawag has developed a new app that features elements of gaming. Read more

Scientific publications

Podgorski, J. E.; Labhasetwar, P.; Saha, D.; Berg, M. (2018) Prediction modeling and mapping of groundwater fluoride contamination throughout India, Environmental Science and Technology, 52(17), 9889-9898, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b01679, Institutional Repository
Bakkour, R.; Bolotin, J.; Sellergren, B.; Hofstetter, T. B. (2018) Molecularly imprinted polymers for compound-specific isotope analysis of polar organic micropollutants in aquatic environments, Analytical Chemistry, 90(12), 7292-7301, doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.8b00493, Institutional Repository
Mutzner, L.; Vermeirssen, E. L. M.; Ort, C. (2019) Passive samplers in sewers and rivers with highly fluctuating micropollutant concentrations – Better than we thought, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 361, 312-320, doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2018.07.040, Institutional Repository
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Publications for practitioners

  • FAQs on agricultural pesticides in rivers, lakes and groundwater [pdf available in German and French]
  • Ecotoxicological assessment of pesticide concentrations in surface waters: What’s the difference between monitoring values (EQS) and authorisation values (RAC)? [pdf, available in German and French]

 

 

Selected research projects

EcoImpact is an Eawag-wide interdisciplinary research effort, strongly motivated by the planned modifications of the Swiss wastewater treatment plants.
Comprehensive monitoring of organic trace substances in surface waters is time-consuming and costly. The NAWA SPEZ project delivers data and analyses on the status of water pollution.

Experts

Dr. Carmen Casado
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • ecotoxicology
  • sediments
Dr. Nathalie Dubois
  • chromatography
  • isotopes
  • surface water
  • sediments
  • biomarker
Prof. Dr. Rik Eggen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • surface water
Dr. Benoit Ferrari
  • micropollutants
  • ecotoxicology
Dr. Marion Junghans
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • ecotoxicology
Dr. Ralf Kägi
  • nanoparticles
Dr. Cornelia Kienle
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • ecology
  • ecotoxicology
Prof. Dr. Kristin Schirmer
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • molecular ecotoxicology
  • nanoparticles
  • ecotoxicology
  • cellular ecotoxicology
Dr. Etienne Vermeirssen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • ecotoxicology
  • sediments
Dr. Inge Werner
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • molecular ecotoxicology
  • ecotoxicology