Household Water Newsletter, Issue 9


Thank you to all the participants who joined us at the Network’s Annual Meeting earlier this month in Chapel Hill, USA. The Network Secretariat is currently preparing a report of the proceedings, and presentations from the Meeting are available from the link provided in this newsletter. One of the key outcomes from the Meeting was the launch of the Network Working Groups. This month also saw the inaugural meetings of the Network Advisory Group and a Public-private Partnership Group to advise the Network Secretariat on strategic issues. More information on these exciting developments was released in a separate email to the listserv earlier today.

WHO as co-host of the Network has developed a survey to gather information on national policies supporting HWTS and feed into the Network’s participation at the 6th World Water Forum taking place in France in March 2012. Please send the survey link to those you know in government or who work closely with government and help us to boost the response rate.

We are also pleased to announce that the Network is now live on twitter and we will be using this dynamic forum to interact with and share news from Network participants on a more frequent and informal basis. Please join us there!

Finally, in this newsletter, we have added a new format for the Table of Contents to improve the reading experience for readers using handheld or mobile devices. If you have suggestions for content or feedback on the format of this newsletter, please feel free to write in and tell us.

Contents of this Newsletter

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HWTS Twitter Feed
WHO Survey of National Governments
World Water Forum Platform of Solutions
World AIDS Marathon

Recent Events
Network Annual Meeting
Integration of HWTS and HIV/AIDS
Sudan HWTS Workshop

Field Report
HWTS in schools in Nepal
Solar-powered HWTS in Western Kenya

Education and Work Opportunities
Rotary World Peace Fellowship, Rotary Foundation, Global
IT Officer, Innovations for Poverty Action, Kenya
WASH Marketing Manager, WaterSHED Asia, Cambodia
Environmental Health Advisor, USAID, USA

Event Calendar


  • Tweet your Treated Water Tips!
  • The Network has set up a twitter feed to disseminate news of interest on HWTS. Please follow us at @household_water and share your news using the hashtag #HWTS.

    Submitted by the HWTS Network Secretariat

  • Survey of National Governments on HWTS – Available in English, French and Spanish
  • International targets on establishing national policies supporting HWTS have been articulated in the Strategy of the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. World Water Forum 2012 materials also refer to these targets. In order to inform efforts related to achieving these targets WHO has developed a short online survey. National water and health officers as well as those working closely with such individuals are asked to complete the survey which can be accessed here.

    Submitted by WHO

  • Submit your HWTS solution to World Water Forum 2012
  • Focusing on solutions and action, the World Water Forum 2012 seeks to address global water challenges through 12 Priorities for Action. One of the targets Under Priority 1.3 Contribute to hygiene and health through water and sanitation, directly addresses HWTS. The target, also reflected in the Network Strategy, concerns establishing national policies and regulations and scaling-up based on a measurable increase of sound evidence of the public health benefits.

    To view the entire target visit the website.

    As part of the preparations for WWF 2012, a Platform of Solutions has been developed. The Platform is presents an opportunity for all those involved in water challenges to share their experiences and learn from others.

    As participating organizations in the Network it would be great to have your contribution. Please visit to submit your solution.

    After registering and logging in, you will need to submit a title, solution type, key words, short description of the location, actors, progress, problem to solve, added value, monitoring, replication potential and lessons learned.

    The World Health Organization, with support from the Advocacy/Policy/Communications Network Working Group will be organizing a session regarding the HWTS target at WWF 2012. If you are interested in contributing to the preparations for this session, please contact Maggie Montgomery at WHO.

  • World AIDS Marathon – 1 December 2011
  • The World AIDS Marathon will take place on 1 December 2011 in Kisumu, Kenya. Safe Water and AIDS Project is on the organizing committee along with other international and local organisations. Volunteers from SWAP’s HIV support groups will manage the 42 water stations along the route, as a way to promote the use of safe and treated water. SWAP has also engaged Population Services International to provide support to condom demonstrations and logistics and transportation during the event. Click to learn more

    Submitted by Safe Water and AIDS Project

    Recent Events

  • Network Annual Meeting
  • The Network’s Annual Meeting was held on 3 October, in conjunction with the Water & Health 2011 conference at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA. Nearly 80 participants joined for the meeting and discussions focused on a broad range of topics relating to household water treatment and safe storage: national strategies & policies, monitoring and evaluation, reaching vulnerable populations through integrated approaches, and challenges in scaling-up HWTS. The meeting also provided time for the re-constituted working groups to develop draft action plans for 2011-2012 which were presented at the conclusion of the meeting. Presentations from the Annual Meeting are now available online here. A full report will be issued in coming weeks.

    Download the presentations here

    Submitted by the HWTS Network Secretariat

  • This session focused on the integration of HWTS into HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes, opportunistic infections and diseases of concern to people living with HIV/AIDS and evidence from programs in the field. In addition to these critical issues, a supplement to a major HIV/AIDS journal on the topic of HWTS is planned as follow-on from the session.

    Presenters included: Myron Cohen (Center for Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill), Charles Holmes (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), Rob Quick (US Centers for Disease Control), Kathryn McHugh (Population Services International), Joe Brown (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and Maggie Montgomery (World Health Organization).

    Download the presentations here

    Submitted by the HWTS Network Secretariat

  • Sudan HWTS Workshop
  • Khartoum – General Directorate of Public Health and Emergency in cooperation with Government Health and Food Control organized a household water treatment workshop agenda in Al Salam Rotana Hotel. The workshop was attended by experts from … Click to read more

    Field Report

  • Assessing effectiveness of school-based point-of-use drinking water treatment options in Nepal
  • At the conclusion of a regional HWTS workshop held jointly by UNICEF and WHO in Nepal in May 2010, nationals were challenged to submit protocols to WHO that addressed key knowledge gaps and themes discussed in the workshop. Nine protocols were submitted and three were selected to receive a small amount of seed funding and technical support from WHO. The protocols concerned effectiveness of HWTS options in schools in Nepal, HWTS user criteria in Kathmandu, and HWTS use and preferences in selected communities in Afghanistan.

    The preliminary results from the evaluation of HWTS options in 50 schools in Nepal indicate that post-implementation use of any HWTS option was low (28%). The major reasons for discontinuing use included broken filter components, difficulty in managing SODIS bottles and a perception that the source water was safe and did not require treatment. Given the low use and lack of proper maintenance, the authors of the evaluation recommend exploring possibly improving and protecting of water sources before implementing HWTS, entrusting core maintenance responsibilities to adults (not school groups), ensuring availability of spare parts, and developing strong monitoring mechanisms at the local level.

    Regional Conference for SAARC Countries on HWTS (May 2010) – Kathmandu, Nepal | Download
    Evaluation report | Download

    For further information please contact Biju Dangol or Bipin Dangol at the Environment and Public Health Organisation in Nepal.

    Submitted by Environment and Public Health Organisation (Nepal) and WHO

  • Social return on investment, impact of Solvatten in western Kenya
  • The lack of fresh and clean water today causes severe problems, mostly in developing countries. Waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera, amoebic dysentery and diarrhea create health problems and deaths among people. There is a need for low cost interventions like household-based water treatment and safe storage (HWTS). Solvatten AB is a Swedish company based in Stockholm. Their product, Solvatten, is a household water treatment unit that can treat water containing viruses, parasites and bacteria. The product does not need any chemicals or energy-sources such as charcoal or firewood, it only needs the sun. The focus of this study is to distinguish the specific effects Solvatten have on the people using it in the Bungoma district in western Kenya. This can be done by using a framework named Social Return on Investment (SROI) which has its origins from Impact Assessment (IA) and social Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA). The social added value from Solvatten AB can be calculated by conducting an evaluative SROI analysis. This will result in a ratio that can be used by Solvatten AB for fundraisings, scholarships and other recourses. Data will be collected by interviewing a target group in the Bungoma district. It will be one to one interviews and a questionnaire will be used. The target group consists of buyers of the unit from 2010. The SROI ratio has been calculated to 1: 26 KES. The calculations are based on 9 different outcomes that all are presumed to last five years. Solvatten is a proven invention which meets the need for HWTS solutions in developing countries where water is a scarcity. Solvatten is easy to use and small children can carry it. Currently the main challenge is that the organization around Solvatten in the Bungoma district needs to be improved and better structured.

    Two-page research summary | Download
    Full report | Download

    For further information, please contact Johanna Felix at Solvatten.

    Submitted by Solvatten

    Education and Work Opportunities

  • Rotary World Peace Fellowship, Rotary Foundation, Global – deadline March 2012
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowship Program provides fully funded fellowships through the Rotary Peace Centers, a program of the Rotary Foundation. The funding supports a master’s degree including tuition & fees, a living stipend, a summer internship, conference & research funding, and travel to and from the home country. All applicants must be sponsored by a Rotary district and application deadlines vary. For full eligibility information and more information about the application process, click here.

  • IT Officer, Innovations for Poverty Action, Kenya – deadline 15 October [extended]
  • Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Information Technology Coordinator/Associate for the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition Benefits Project in Kenya. IPA’s WASH Benefits Project is a five year study to evaluate the health benefits of sanitation, hygiene, household water treatment and nutrition using a large-scale, randomized evaluation that will take place in Western Province, Kenya. Initially, the position will be based in Busia, Kenya but will require relocation within Western region by January 2012. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. This position is located in Kenya. Click to read more

  • Marketing Manager, WaterSHED Asia, Cambodia – deadline 8 November
  • WaterSHED Asia is recruiting a WASH-Marketing Manager. This individual will be a driving force for the implementation of the WaterSHED-Cambodia “Hands-off” WASH-Marketing program, an initiative which seeks to facilitate private sector development and increase access to rural sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water through local market channels in rural Cambodia. Click to read more

  • Environmental Health Advisor, USAID, USA – deadline 15 November
  • USAID is recruiting an Environmental Health Advisor to provide technical leadership to the Agency on environmental health, especially sanitation and indoor air quality and technical assistance to USAID missions, regional bureaus and other Global Health (GH) offices and divisions, and technical oversight of GH projects. US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required. Click to read more

    For more job listings in the WASH sector, please refer to this useful resource from IRC – International Water and Sanitation Centre. For info on how to submit job listings to this site, contact Ryan Rowe, HWTS Network Communications Officer.

    Event Calendar

  • 2nd IWA Development
    Congress & Exhibition:
    21-24 November, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 6th Rural Water Supply Forum: 29 November to 1 December, 2011 in Kampala, Uganda
  • 6th World Water Forum: 12-17 March, 2012 in Marseille, France
  • IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2012: 16-21 September, 2012 in Busan, South Korea
  • Water & Health 2012: 29 October – 2 November, 2012 in Chapel Hill, USA
  • Are you aware of an upcoming international, regional or national event on HWTS? Please tell us by email at or

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