Eawag is the water research institute within the ETH domain. This domain includes the two universities of ETH Zurich and ETH Lausanne (EPFL), and the four independent research institutes Empa, PSI, WSL and Eawag. Firmly anchored in its home country of Switzerland but with a global network, Eawag develops concepts and technology that enable water as a resource and bodies of water to be utilized sustainably.
Eawag's research departments work in three key areas of research:
- Water for human welfare
- Water for proper functioning of ecosystems, and
- Strategies for dealing with water conflicts.
In collaboration with universities, other research institutes, public bodies, industry and non-governmental organizations, Eawag works to harmonize environmental, economic and social interests with regard to water usage. It thereby serves as a bridge between science and practice.