Household Water Newsletter, Issue 21

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to all those who joined us at the Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, USA. During the week, there were three main gatherings to discuss Network-related activities: 1) the Annual Meeting; 2) the Meeting of the Advisory Group and the Public-Private Partnership Group; and 3) a workshop on the WHO performance recommendations on evaluating HWTS options. In addition, WHO and UNICEF were pleased to launch the new toolkit on monitoring and evaluation of HWTS programmes, a product to which many in the HWTS community contributed. The main action items arising from these proceedings were:

  1. Develop Network targets that are more specific and guided by conclusive evidence
  2. Establish time-bound task force to assess evidence and determine direction of targets
  3. Disseminate and encourage the use of the WHO/UNICEF recommended indicators on effective use of HWTS
  4. Review the impact of Network efforts to strengthen policy
  5. Expand efforts to understand factors that influence use and document effective behavior change approaches
  6. Clarify the “interim” category of the WHO performance recommendations
  7. Re-formulate the Network working groups
  8. Obtain more frequent and meaningful input from the AG/PPG

WHO, UNICEF and the Water Institute at UNC are currently preparing a more detailed report of the proceedings and aim to publish this as soon as possible. If you have any questions in the meantime, please let us know.

Don’t miss our recently updated event calendar as well as three Calls for Abstracts expiring between now and 30 November. Which of these events will you be going to?

Finally, more good news! Dispensers for Safe Water, an Innovations for Poverty Action social enterprise, has won a £100,000 award from the Stone Family Foundation. Also, Annet Ahimbisibwe, Programme Coordinator for HEFA Uganda, has received a Rotary scholarship for water-related study at UNESCO-IHE. Congratulations to our colleagues!

Best regards,

Ryan Rowe
Network Communications Officer

Contents of this Newsletter

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M&E Toolkit Launched
Disinfection: Abstracts
Asia Water Week: Abstracts
World Toilet Day
IWA Nairobi: Abstracts
World AIDS Marathon
Water Policy Knowledgebase
JMP Update in 2013


Dispensers for Safe Water Award
Hydrologic Carbon Finance
BSFs in Nicaragua
Scholarship for Network Member
Cholera in W Africa

Discussions and Requests

BSF Molds: Wood or Steel?
IRC: Community-managed water
RWSN: Self-supply

Recent Events

Triple S Seminar
World Water Week Report


Drinking Water Quality Blog Updates

Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
CAWST: Trainings and Workshops

Event Calendar Updates
Asia Water Week 2013 (March 2013, Philippines)
Feria de Manejo Comunitario del Agua y Saneamiento (March 2013, Nicaragua)
World Water Week 2013 (September 2013, Sweden)
3rd IWA Development Congress & Exhibition(October 2013, Kenya)
Water and Health 2013(October 2013, USA)


  • WHO & UNICEF: New toolkit for monitoring and evaluating HWTS
  • Are you wondering how to design an effective monitoring and evaluation programme in order to improve outcomes and impact from HWTS? Would you like to use global indicators that measure correct and consistent use? Are you wondering where to find more resources on water quality testing, evaluation design, behavior change, and other environmental health indicators?

    Insights into dealing with these challenges and similar ones, as well as examples are provided in the newly launched “Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage programmes”. The Toolkit provides 20 indicators to assess correct and consistent use of household water treatment and safe storage. The Toolkit also provides sample surveys, examples from the field, information on water quality sampling, and resources for additional information. The Network is seeking “commitments” from its members to use the toolkit in their planning, implementation and M&E of HWTS programmes. Please contact Maggie Montgomery ( or Michael Forson ( for more information. Download the toolkit here

  • Disinfection and Public Health 2013: Call for abstracts extended
  • The Water Environment Federation in cooperation with the Indiana Water Environment Association is sponsoring the Disinfection and Public Health Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from February 24th-26th, 2013. This conference will focus on disinfection needs and technologies around the world, at scales ranging from large urban treatment plants, down to small community and household systems. Abstracts for the “developing country health” track are being accepted until 9 November. In addition, a ceramic and bio-sand filter workshop is being planned again this year and abstracts are welcome for that topic as well. For questions or to submit your abstract, please contact or Learn more

  • Asia Water Week 2013: Call for abstracts
  • The Asia Development Bank is hosting Asia Water Week 2013 from 13-15 March, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. The purpose of the of the event is to expand the analysis being conducted on Asia’s water sector, knowledge which will provide the basis for greater investment from both the public and private sectors. The theme is “Securing Water For All” and abstracts are invited on cross-cutting topics such as climate change, water-food-energy nexus, and disaster management and sub-sector specific topics, such as water supply and sanitation, water resources and environment, and agriculture and irrigation. Submit abstracts by 16 November. Learn more

  • WSSCC and WTO: Participate in World Toilet Day on 19 November
  • World Toilet Day is 19 November. How will you mark the occasion? The Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and World Toilet Organization (WTO) are partnering this year around the World Toilet Day campaign “I give a shit, do you?” and offer the World Toilet Day website, where you can share campaign messages, plan your own event and promote World Toilet Day with campaign materials and social media. The Network will be supporting the social media campaign through its twitter feed. Join us! Learn more

  • 3rd IWA Development Congress & Exhibition: Call for abstracts
  • The International Water Association will host its third Development Congress & Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya from 14-17 October 2013. The goal is to identify, showcase and debate practical experiences and examples of successful service provision at scale in developing countries. The Congress is solutions focused, rather than diagnosing challenges and problems in the sector. Abstracts are invited in three thematic areas relevant to urban service provision in low and middle income countries: optimising service delivery for universal access; pptimising resources along the water, food and energy nexus; human resources and capacities for transition. Submit abstracts by 30 November. Learn more

  • SWAP Kenya: World Aids Day Marathon
  • The 7th World AIDS Marathon will take place on 1 December 2012 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 water stations along the route as well as on the sports ground where the runners start and finish the race, as a way to promote the use of safe and treated water. They educate the public on the importance of household water treatment, storage and behavioral change including hand washing. Learn more

  • IISD: New knowledge-base on water policy & practice
  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the launch of Water Policy & Practice, a knowledge-base of activities addressing sustainable water and sanitation policy. Other features of the website include a searchable knowledgebase of recent publications, meetings, statements or projects by a range of actors, an archive of posts on the site, a world map of policy news, a policy listserv, a periodic newsletter and a calendar of events. Learn more

  • WHO & UNICEF JMP: Expect a new update in 2013
  • The WHO & UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) is currently reviewing new country data collected in preparation for a planned update on progress toward the Millennium Development Goal targets on water and sanitation. Previously JMP updates were issued every two years, the most recent ones in 2010 and 2012. Country-level progress toward the targets will now be released annually until 2015, starting in early to mid-2013. A full report with equity and access analysis is planned for 2014. Learn more about the JMP and review past data


  • Innovations for Poverty Action: Award for Dispensers for Safe Water project
  • Dispensers for Safe Water, a social enterprise initiative of US-based non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action, has won a £100,000 award from the Stone Family Foundation. Learn more about the project and the prize

  • Hydrologic: Water filtration business to benefit from carbon finance
  • Hydrologic, a social enterprise based in Cambodia and owned by iDE, has established a market-based water filtration business registered under the voluntary Gold Standard scheme for carbon financing. Start-up funding came from the USAID-funded WaterShed Asia project and Nexus-Carbon for Development. Learn more

  • Blue Energy Group: Bio-sand filter project in Nicaragua
  • 450 bio-sand filters are being deployed by Blue Energy Group in a Caribbean coastal area of Nicaragua, in a project financed by USAID and FHI 360. The project hopes to benefit 25,000 people who are currently using contaminated well-water. The original article is in Spanish.

  • Rotary International: HWTS Network participant receives UNESCO scholarship
  • Annet Ahimbisibwe, Programme Coordinator for Health Environment for All (HEFA) Uganda, is one of eight people sponsored by Rotary International for an 18-month academic programme at UNESCO-IHE. During Annet’s study, Andrew Agaba will be Acting Coordinator of HEFA Uganda. The Rotary and UNESCO-IHE partnership was established in 2011 to address the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the ranks of trained professionals critically needed to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing countries that bear the brunt of the problem. Learn more

  • WaterAid: Response to cholera in West Africa
  • WaterAid, a US-based NGO working in 26 countries around the world to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene, is currently working on prevention and response for the current cholera outbreak in West Africa. In Niger their efforts include raising awareness on cholera, distributing Aquatabs to get clean water to communities, and installing bio-sand filters at household levels. Learn more

    Discussions and Requests

  • BSF Production Google Group: Wood and steel molds for production of concrete BSFs
  • The Bio-sand Filter Production Google Group encourages discussion on issues related to bio-sand filters. OHorizons Foundation has kicked off an interesting debate about the advantages and disadvantages of using a wood mold in place of steel for the production of concrete bio-sand filters. Advantages cited include lower start-up cost, lighter weight of wood and ease of repair and transportation. Some criticisms include a lower perceived quality of product, potential for rot and contribution to local deforestation. Would you like to learn more or contribute to this discussion? Visit the Google Group page here

  • IRC Blog: Community-based management of water services
  • Did you know that the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre maintains a blog about sustainable water and sanitation services? In a recent blog post, Stef Smits (Senior Programme Officer at IRC) reviews findings from a seminar held in Uganda that show community-operated water services are poorly maintained and unreliable. As we know, this can impact water access and quality and thus creates a need for HWTS. He asks whether the community-based water services management model is dead … or just needs more improvement. What do you think? Read the blog post

  • RWSN E-discussion: Self supply of water
  • The Rural Water Supply Network is currently hosting a three-week e-discussion about self-supply. The RWSN’s theme of “Self Supply” is defined as improvement to household or community water supply largely through the user’s own investment. In the first week of the e-discussion RWSN wants to explore the current status of Self Supply and promotional practices by region, to share good practices and challenges. They have asked the following questions to stimulate feedback:

    1. Are there households in the region you live in that invest their own funds in incrementally improving their own water supply?
    2. If so what is the water used for, which technologies are used?
    3. Do you see further potential for accelerating Self-Supply in your country?
    4. Is Self-Supply actively promoted in any part of your country and if so by whom and how?
    5. Are there official policies in your country which support or regulate Self Supply?
    6. Are Self-Supply water sources been systematically monitored?

    If you are interested in participating, visit RWSN’s Self-Supply page and then click the link “Accelerating Self Supply Community on dgroups“. You will need to set up a username and password.

    Recent Events

  • HWTS at the Water & Health Conference, October/November 2012: Presentations being made available online
  • At the UNC Water & Health conference from 29 October – 2 November, HWTS featured large on the 50 of the items on the agenda. These ranged from verbal and poster presentations of recent research activities, to workshops, and of course the Network’s Annual Meeting. We are working to make the event materials available to you on the Network’s events page here.

  • Triple-S Seminar, September 2012: Presentations available online
  • The Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple S) initiative seeks to identify sustainable approaches to water delivery and access by departing from project-based, one-off and stand-alone implementation of water systems. It is a six-year multi-country learning initiative. From 24-26 September, a Triple-S research seminar took place in Kampala, Uganda bringing together country teams from Ghana and Uganda. Presentations from the event are available online.

  • Stockholm World Water Week, August 2012: Report of outcomes
  • The Stockholm International Water Institute has released a report of the 2012 World Water Week, which took place in August 2012 and convened 2500 participants to discuss water and food security. The report includes sections on: achieving good water and food governance; human and environmental health; establishing water and food equity; building a water wise economy; and the young professional’s vision. HWTS network members may be interested in the high-level conclusions on rainwater harvesting and irrigation for small-holder farmers, practices which can contribute to more efficient water use in the household, improve farm output and food security and contribute to the fight against malnutrition. In the Network strategy, domestic water use is identified as a possible area of activity. If this is an area of activity for you, please let us know. Read more | Download the report


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

    – Analysing inter-relationships among water, governance, human development variables in developing countries | link

    – Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage programmes | link

    – Evaluation of the Impact of the Plastic BioSand Filter on Health | link

    – Risk reduction assessment of waterborne Salmonella & Vibrio by chlorine contact disinfectant point-of-use device | link

    – Determining the differential preferences of users of two fluoride-free water options in rural Ethiopia | link

    – Access to Safe Water for the Bottom of Pyramid: Strategies for Disseminating Technology Research Benefits | link

    – AfriClay Filters – Pure Home Water, Ghana (Video) | link

    – Assessing Water Filtration and Safe Storage in Households with Young Children of HIV-Positive Mothers | link

    – What can hand hygiene do for the world? | link

    – CAWST – Biosand Filter Project Implementation materials (2012) | link

    – Clean Rivers – Capital to Capitol by Canoe | link

    – Impact of a Hygiene Curriculum and the Installation of Simple Handwashing and Drinking Water Stations | link

    – Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections and Correlated Risk Factors | link

    – Comparison of different solar reactors for household disinfection of drinking water in developing countries | link

    – Microbiological effectiveness of mineral pot filters in Cambodia | link

    – Daniele Lantagne discusses sustainable water treatment implementation | link

    – Diarrhea and dengue control in rural primary schools in Colombia | link

    – Scientists develop low cost, pocket friendly and re-usable water purifier | link

    – The chain of infection transmission in the home and everyday life settings, and the role of hygiene | link

    – Evaluating the Sustained Health Impact of Household Chlorination of Drinking Water in Rural Haiti | link

    – The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle | link

    Visit the WASHplus blog

    Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities

  • 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. Workshops have a local host, draw participants from across the country or region and are arranged on a demand-driven basis. The curriculum uses hands-on, interactive learning to cover the theory and technical skills participants need to plan, implement or participate in water and sanitation programs in their location. There are several HWTS-related workshops planned for November. Calendar of workshops for remainder of 2012

    For more WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies Blog or the Relief Web Jobs site. If you wish to share an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network, please tell us by email at or

    Event Calendar for 2012

  • 2012 Africa Biosand filter Implementers Network Learning Exchange: 5-9 November, 2012 in Ndola, Zambia
  • 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
  • World Aids Day Marathon:1 December, 2012 in Kisumu, Kenya

  • Event Calendar for 2013

  • GeoGen 2013: 5-7 February, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Disinfection and Public Health 2013: 23-26 February, 2013 in Indianapolis, USA
  • Asia Water Week 2013: 13-15 March, 2013 in Manila, Philippines
  • Segunda Feria de Manejo Comunitario del Agua y Saneamiento: 21-24 March, 2013 in Granada, Nicaragua
  • Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium: 9-11 April, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • WASRAG World Water Summit V 2013: 21 June, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal
  • World Water Week 2013: 1-6 September, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 3rd IWA Development Congress & Exhibition: 14-17 October, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Water and Health 2013: 14-18 October, 2013 in Chapel Hill, USA
  • For more WASH and water-related event listings, please refer to the Water Policy & Practice Calendar. If you know of 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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