Household Water Newsletter, Issue 17

Greetings from Lilongwe, Malawi!

On Tuesday July 17th, the Network will host a webinar on the use of carbon finance as a funding mechanism for the implementation of household water treatment and improved cookstoves. Please join us to discuss this emerging trend and hear country examples of how organisations are utilizing this source of funding. See below for details on agenda, event time, how to access, and more.

Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend. If you have not participated in a webinar before, you will need a computer with a reliable Internet connection and working speakers/headphones.

I am pleased to assist you in navigating the technical aspects if you can kindly provide at least 72 hours’ notice – please don’t be shy to ask.

We hope to hear you there! 🙂

Best regards,

Ryan Rowe
Network Communications Officer

Contents of this Newsletter

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Webinar on Carbon Finance
Annual Network Meeting
Mailing List Archives
UN Water Prize
Japan Water Forum Fund
International AIDS Conference
New RWSN Website


SODIS Newsletter
Potters Without Borders

Recent Events

HWTS Workshop in Maputo


Drinking Water Quality Blog Updates

Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
Rotary Scholarships
CAWST HWTS Workshops

Event Calendar


  • Carbon Credits and HWTS: A viable “green” funding mechanism?
  • Join us for the Network’s next webinar on Tuesday July 17th at 9h30 New York / 15h30 Geneva / 16h30 Nairobi as we explore the use and potential of carbon credits as a financing mechanism for household water treatment program delivery. Implementers will share their experiences and webinar participants will have the opportunity to pose questions and learn more about this potentially lucrative, and at times controversial, funding mechanism. Download the agenda to learn more and register your interest by emailing

  • Save the Date! Annual Network Meeting to be held in October
  • We are pleased to announce this year’s Network Meeting will be held on Monday October 29, 2012 as a side event to 2012 Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy, an annual conference held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. The agenda for the meeting is currently under consideration and will be released in due course. Other side events related to HWTS will be held throughout the week. For more info on the conference and side events, click here.

  • Mailing list archives now available
  • For the first time, messages sent via the Network’s mailing list are now available online. You can see all newsletters and other messages/announcements released through this listserv since January 2011. To access the archives, click here.

  • UN Water Prize for 2012-2013
  • UN-Water, the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, invites you to nominate your best practice for the 3rd edition of the ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award. The prize is awarded yearly in two categories, one in best water management practices and another one in best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices. HWTS has featured significantly in past years, with Fundacion SODIS winning in 2011-2012, and Safe Water and AIDS Project Kenya taking runner-up in 2010-2011. This year the theme is ‘water cooperation’. The application period is open from 30 June to 15 September 2012. Prizes will be awarded on World Water Day, March 22, 2013. Learn more

  • Japan Water Forum Fund
  • The Japan Water Forum, an international non-profit organisation, is pleased to invite grass-roots organisations in developing countries to apply for the Japan Water Forum Fund 2012. Up to $1000 per project / organisation will be awarded. The application period is from July 12 to 25, 2012. Learn more

  • International AIDS Conference: WASH and HWTS related events
  • The upcoming International AIDS Conference will have a strong focus on water, sanitation and hygiene and will include discussions around household water treatment. The conference is hosted by the International AIDS Society, a global association of professionals working on areas related to HIV/AIDS. Thanks to the Household Water Treatment Google Group for preparing and circulating a summary of events relevant to those working on WASH and HWTS. Read the summary here

  • Rural Water Supply Network: New website has gone live
  • The Rural Water Supply Network is a global network of professionals and practitioners working to raise standards of knowledge and evidence, technical and professional competence, practice and policy in rural water supply. They have just launched their new website with news, events, and publications. The RWSN considers household water treatment a key part of its focus on self-supply issues which you can learn more about by clicking here.


  • Eawag: SODIS Newsletter – June 2012 issue
  • The SODIS newsletter provides updates about projects, activities and important events in connection with the practice of solar disinfection, a household water treatment method used by as many as 5 million people worldwide. The newsletter is disseminated semi-annually in German and in English and prepared by Eawag, also known as the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. Read the latest newsletter

  • Potters Without Borders: Recent news update
  • Potters Without Borders is a non profit organization providing socially responsible assistance to pottery groups and individuals. PWB provides support to field technicians who respond to direct requests to develop ceramic water filter manufacturing facilities overseas facilitating research, development, and commercial application of ceramics technology in developing countries. They maintain a blog on which you can news updates about their work in the field. Click here

    Recent Events

  • June 2012 in Mozambique: National HWTS Strategies and Integrated Household Environmental Health Interventions in Southern Africa
  • From June 20-22, the Government of Mozambique hosted a workshop in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF focused on the development and implementation of policies and strategies for the advancement of HWTS in three African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. WHO, UNICEF, and UNC are currently preparing a summary report of lessons shared and outcomes for the workshop participants and general dissemination. In the meantime, the presentations from the workshop are available online. Click here


  • WASHplus: Household Drinking Water Quality Blog Updates
  • WASHplus is a USAID-funded project featuring recent research and news on household drinking water quality in developing countries. Its purpose is to create awareness and promote interest on household drinking water quality. During June 2012, WASHplus published links on its blog to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS and more generally WASH:

    – Relationships between water, sanitation and infant, child, and maternal mortality | link

    – Water Purification using Moringa oleifera and Other Locally Available Seeds in Fiji for Heavy Metal Removal | link

    – Combining interventions: improved chimney stoves, kitchen sinks and solar disinfection of drinking water | link

    – Comparative treatment performance and hydraulic characteristics of pumice and sand biofilters
    | link

    – Traditional copper water storage vessels and sub-lethal injury of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi and Vibrio cholerae | link

    – Sanitary inspection of wells using risk-of-contamination scoring indicates a high predictive ability for bacterial faecal pollution
    | link

    – Practical Surveillance of Water Quality in a Low-Resource Setting: a pilot program
    | link

    – Pumps, Germs and Storage: The Impact of Improved Water Containers on Water Quality and Health | link

    – Indigenous Water Filtration Technique in Rural Areas of Assam: A Study on Iron Removal by Bamboo Charcoals | link

    – Manufacturing a Low-Cost Ceramic Water Filter and Filter System for the Elimination of Common Pathogenic Bacteria | link

    – HIV and H(2)O: Tracing the Connections Between Gender, Water and HIV | link

    – Willingness to pay for cleaner water in less developed countries | link

    – A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Plastic-Housing BioSand Filter and Its Impact on Diarrheal Disease in Copan, Honduras | link

    – PATH Safe Water Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework | link

    – PATH – Our End-Users as Co-Designers | link

    – PATH – Commercialization Toolkit | link

    Visit the WASHplus blog

    Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities

  • Rotary Scholarships for Water & Sanitation Professionals – deadline 15 July 2012
  • Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will provide grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor 8 students each year for graduate level studies. Click here to learn more

  • CAWST: Country and Regional Workshops on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage – ongoing registration
  • The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations that serve the poor in developing countries. These workshops have a local host, and may draw participants from across the country or region. Workshops are arranged on a demand-driven basis. Our curriculum uses hands-on learning and plenty of interaction to cover the theory and technical skills participants need to plan, implement or participate in water and sanitation programs in their location. There are two international workshops (both in Zambia) planned for the month of July dealing with HWTS. Calendar of workshops for 2012

    For more job listings in the WASH sector, please refer to the WASH Vacancies Blog or the Relief Web Jobs site. If you are a registered Network participant and you wish to share an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network please contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer, for assistance.

    Event Calendar for 2012

  • Singapore International Water Week: 1-5 July, 2012 in Singapore
  • 19th International AIDS Conference: 23-27 July, 2012 in Washington DC, USA
  • World Water Week 2012: 26-31 August, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ghana Water Forum: September (TBD), 2012 in Accra, Ghana
  • 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
  • International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Annual Meeting: 29 October, 2012 in Chapel Hill, USA
  • American Society for Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – Annual Meeting: 11-15 November, 2012 in Atlanta, USA
  • IWA Water Safety Conference: 13-15 November, 2012 in Kampala, Uganda
  • Tapping the Turn, A Conference on Water’s Social Dimensions: 15-16 November, 2012 in Canberra, Australia

    Is there an upcoming international, regional or national event which the HWTS / WASH community should be aware of? Please tell us by email at or

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