Water is one of the most important resources worldwide. However, the diverse use of water for irrigation, industrial processes and as drinking water leads to a considerable degradation of water quality. Too often, water with its unique properties as a solvent becomes a mobile waste deposit or a means of transportation. Fortunately, the water used in this way is subject to purification in the natural water cycle and can usually be reused. In recent decades, however, the natural water cycle has become increasingly overburdened and the possibility of reuse is limited by water quality. Technologically, reuse directly after water use and treatment can be shortened without the detour via the natural water cycle. However, this will only succeed if we understand the underlying transport processes and the associated biotic and abiotic conversions. This is exactly what the staff of the institute is working on in numerous projects, which you can find on the following pages.
Projekt ESI-CorAAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Nationwide pilot project for corona detection in wastewater

The Engler-Bunte Institute is involved in an EU project testing a wastewater-based COVID-19 early warning system. For one year, samples will be taken in waste water treatment plants at 20 pilot sites nationwide.

Advanced Biofilm CourseEBI
Advanced Biofilm Course 2022 will take place in October

The organizers of the Avanced Biofilm Course (Harald Horn, Thomas Neu, Cristian Picioreanu, Michael Kühl) are happy to announce that the ABC will take place at DVGW-EBI/KIT during 24 - 29 October 2022. For more details regarding content and application see the flyer.

Verleihung des Umweltpreises an Philip BrownEBI
Philip Brown receives the 2020 Sparkassen Environmental Award

For his PhD thesis on the fate of antibiotic resistance downstream of a municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent: Impact of antibiotics and particulate matter from wastewater discharges on the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in river sediments.