Household Water Newsletter, Issue 24

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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the Network will be hosting its next policy workshop in Accra, Ghana from May 6-8. The workshop will aim to provide a forum for discussing the development of policies, strategies and targets around HWTS by national governments. If you would like to get involved, please read more in this issue.

In our last newsletter, we kicked off our new poll feature with a question about what topic interests you most for a future webinar. With 65 respondents, the most votes were for a webinar on “Performance evaluation of HWT” (55%). You can see the results or cast your vote by clicking here. Thank you – your feedback will help us in planning webinars for the coming year.

This month’s poll question: “Is your organisation planning any special event or activity to mark World Water Day (Friday, March 22)?

We wish you much success in all that you do, every day of the year, to work towards resolving the world’s water-related issues. Please do not hesitate to look to us to seek or share guidance, contacts and knowledge.

Best regards,

Ryan Rowe
Network Communications Officer

Contents of this Newsletter

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What is World Water Day?
Policy Workshop in Ghana
Share M&E Experiences
New Network Members
Rotary Water Scholarships
Carbon Financing Platform
UNC Call for Abstracts

News and Newsletters
Haiti Funding for WASH
PWB Year-End Report

Discussions and Requests
Which HWTS to use?

Recent Events
Measuring Sustainability Webinar
GeoGen 2013 Proceedings
Maputo HWTS Report/Proceedings

Sustainability & Carbon Finance
Safe Storage & Dengue
Malawi Water/Maternal Health
Solvatten/Mali Impact Evaluation
Drinking Water Quality Blog Updates

Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
CAWST: Trainings and Workshops
U Brighton: Funded PhD
AECF: Climate Change Adaptation
Rotary/UNESCO: WaterScholarships

Event Calendar Updates
2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (May 2013, Thailand)

5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development (May 2013, The Netherlands)

South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) (November 2013, Nepal)


What is World Water Day?

Did you know? An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year a different freshwater issue is chosen as the theme to focus attention and raise awareness. The 2013 theme is “Water Cooperation” and the Network’s activities of collaboration and knowledge sharing are captured by this theme. Learn more about 2013: Water Cooperation here.

Network Secretariat: Upcoming policy workshop for selected countries in West Africa

The Government of Ghana will host a three-day workshop in Accra, Ghana from 6-8 May 2013 to advance the development of HWTS in selected countries in West Africa. Participants will include officials from the governments of The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as representatives of non-government organizations, academia and the private sector. The workshop will provide a structured forum for refining national policies, strategies and targets around HWTS, sharing lessons learned in implementing and scaling-up HWTS and exploring synergies and approaches to integrating HWTS within broader, related public health efforts. Network participants with a strong interest in attending are asked to contact Maggie Montgomery at ( and Michael Forson at ( by 5 April 2013. The report for a similar workshop held last year in Mozambique can be accessed on WHO’s Household Water Treatment website under the “Meeting Reports” section.

Network Secretariat: Please share your experiences using the Toolkit for M&E of HWTS programmes

In October 2012, the World Health Organization and UNICEF launched a Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluation of Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Programmes. The toolkit serves as the basis for more rigorous monitoring and evaluation, and for the first time, provides 20 harmonised, global indicators to assess correct and consistent use of household water treatment and safe storage by those most at risk. The toolkit also provides sample surveys, examples of from the field, information on water quality sampling, and resources for additional information. If you have been using the toolkit, please contact us to share your experience, good or bad! If you are interested in using it but aren’t sure how, please contact Ryan Rowe ( and we can help you get started. Don’t be shy!

Network Secretariat: New additions to our community

The Network Secretariat would like to give a warm welcome to those who have recently joined the HWTS Network community.

New organisations: Enviserv Global Services Ltd (Nigeria), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR (Switzerland), and Water Security Corporation (USA)

New subscribers: Firehiwot Abera, Charles F Adams, Michael Ofosu Agyarkwa, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, Didier Boissavi, Fatorma Bolay, Suzanne Chew, Patricia Compas-Markman, Robert Dreibelbis, Chris Eaton, Rachael Gordon, Bikila Hika, Alpha Jallow, Sebora Kamara, Timi Kiakubu, Jim Kubinec, Badamasi Saleh Machika, Monteleone Mathieu, Claudia Minoiu, Nada Osseiran, Pawankumar Patil, Helen Petach, Claudia Perlongo, Dominique Porteaud, Pandi Rameshbabu, Andreas Rieckmann, Perth Rosen, Pete Rukavina, Musa Sadiq O, Sam Snyder, Paula Strassle, Evan Thomas, and Jo Westwood.

Rotary: Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals – deadline 15 July 2013

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2013 scholarship program with the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. More details below.

South Pole: First international platform for HWTS and carbon credits registered at the UNFCCC

South Pole Carbon Asset Management is happy to announce the successful registration of its International Water Purification Programme with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This new platform aims to make it easier for organisations that implement HWTS projects to earn revenues from reducing carbon emissions. The platform embraces all HWTS technologies and has been endorsed by 13 host countries. For more information please visit the South Pole website or contact Roman Schibli (

UNC Water and Health Conference: Call for abstracts – deadline 30 April 2013

The 2013 Water and Health Conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently accepting abstracts for verbal and poster presentations. The final deadline is April 30 at 11:59pm EDT. To submit your abstract visit the conference website. This year’s themes are hygiene and behavioral change; M&E: local, global and human rights perspectives; Institutions, finance, and sustainability; Sanitation and health; and, Water supply and quality: from catchment to consumer and back. Scholarship awards are available.

News and Newsletters

PAHO/WHO: Call for international funding of new Haiti cholera plan

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has called on the international community to provide financing for a new $2.2 billion plan from the Haitian government to eliminate cholera transmission over the next 10 years through major investments in water and sanitation. Read more

PWB: 2012 Year End Report of Activities

Potters without Borders, a Canada-based non-profit research and development organization focused on ceramic water filter technology, releases a report of its activities during 2012. Highlights include a new global map of ceramic water filter factories and field activities in Kenya, Somaliland, Guinea-Bissau and Ghana. Read the report

Discussions and Requests

Which HWTS technology should I use?

Michael Agyarkwa, a householder in Ghana, recently commissioned testing of the quality of the groundwater he uses for drinking near home which revealed that the water has high levels of turbidity, iron and manganese. He would like to know what he can do to improve the water quality. Download the test results here. Please contact Michael ( if you have suggestions or would like more information.

Recent Events

Webinar on Measuring Sustainability, February 2013

Measuring WASH sustainability is one of the biggest challenges facing the WASH sector. recently hosted a webinar to examine solutions, looking at both proven methods for measuring sustainability and emerging concepts. Watch the recording of the discussions on YouTube.

GeoGen Conference in Ethiopia, February 2013

The GeoGen 2013 conference was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 5-7 February 2013 and convened by Eawag, Addis Ababa University, World Vision, the Chemical Society of Ethiopia and the WHO. The event focused on the following themes: health challenges associated with geogenic contamination, technologies for arsenic/fluoride mitigation, behaviour change, policy, and social entrepreneurship. Eawag has made the conference proceedings available on its website until mid-April. Visit the website

HWTS Network policy workshop for selected countries in Southern Africa, June 2012

From June 20-22 2012, the Government of Mozambique, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, hosted a workshop on the development and implementation of policies and strategies for the advancement of household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) in three countries in Southern Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. The workshop report details outcomes and outputs and can serve as a reference guide for attendees as they develop and implement action plans and strategies to support the scaling up of HWTS in their countries. The proceedings from the workshop are also available online. Access the workshop report and proceedings


DelAgua Health: Reports on carbon financing for HWTS and measuring sustainability in WASH

Evan Thomas, Program Director for DelAgua Health, shares with us two recent publications. The first is on the challenge of measuring sustainability in the WASH sector and some of the electronic monitoring techniques being developed to meet the challenge by researchers at the Sustainable Water, Energy, and Environmental Technologies Laboratory at Portland State University. Read the article here

The second article provides an overview the use of carbon financing for water treatment and provides some detail on the notion of suppressed demand, the validity of which is still up for debate. Read the article here

Government of Myanmar: New publication addressing dengue transmission

The Government of Myanmar’s Department of Medical Research for Lower Myanmar reports its publication of research in the WHO’s Dengue Bulletin, Volume 36, 2012. Researchers conducted household interviews of knowledge, attitudes and practices around reducing the risk of dengue tranmission through safe and appropriate storage of rainwater. The report recommends increased multi-sectoral advocacy as the best tool for risk communication in order to motivate community engagement. Read the full article here

PATH: Expanding Promotion of Home Water Treatment Through the Antenatal Water and Hygiene Kit Program in Malawi

PATH, a US-based international NGO focused on innovations in health, has published a new brief from their activities in Malawi. Health workers influenced pregnant women in Malawi to treat water with WaterGuard by talking about the health benefits of clean water during antenatal visits, thus reaching them when they were especially open to information about protecting their children’s health. Women were also given a package of water-related hygiene & health products and offered refills as an incentive to regularly seek antenatal care, providing an opportunity to reinforce health messages on repeat visits. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to evaluate the effect of the program in Machinga. This project brief summarizes the findings from qualitative research conducted by PATH while noting relevant data from two rounds of surveys conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is part of a series of project briefs discussing the activities, research findings, and field experiences of PATH’s Safe Water Project. Download

Solvatten: Report of economic, environmental and health impact of Solvatten in Mali

The University of Dakar (Senegal) has produced an evaluation of the impact of a solar-energy powered HWTS device on 230 households in Mali. The device, produced by Solvatten – a Swedish firm, uses heat, ultra-violet light and a built-in filter to improve the quality of contaminated water, using solar energy as its only power source. M&E activities included interviews, surveys, and water quality sampling at source and in the household. The author of the evaluation concludes that the units resulted in a positive health, economic and environmental impact. Download the article here.

WASHplus: Household Drinking Water Quality Blog Updates

The WASHplus blog is part of 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. Since the last issue of the HWTS Network newsletter released on February 1, 2012, WASHplus published links on its blog to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS and more generally WASH:

  • Evaluation of impact of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets and point-of-use water filters on HIV-1 disease | link
  • Effect of recent diarrhoeal episodes on risk of pneumonia in children | link
  • Seasonality, disease and behavior: Using multiple methods to explore socio-environmental health risks | link
  • Application of solar disinfection for treatment of contaminated public water supply | link
  • Comparison of the burden of diarrhoeal illness among individuals with and without household cisterns | link
  • Nudging to Use: Achieving Safe Water Behaviors in Kenya and Bangladesh | link
  • Ghana National Strategy for Household Water Treatment | link
  • Leveraging carbon financing to enable accountable water treatment programs | link
  • Measuring Sustainability | link
  • Assessing an intermittently operated household scale slow sand filter paired with household bleach | link
  • Manufacture of a low-cost ceramic microporous filter | link
  • Identifying requirements for targeted risk communication in prevention of dengue transmission | link
  • Simple filtration and low-temperature sterilization of drinking water | link
  • Water Safety and Inequality in Access to Drinking-water between Rich and Poor Households | link
  • Practical Guidance for Measuring Handwashing Behavior: 2013 Update | link
  • Application of Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment to analyze the public health risk from poor drinking water | link
  • Exploring the gap between hand washing knowledge and practices in Bangladesh | link
  • Impact of Water-Vending Kiosks and Hygiene Education on Household Drinking Water Quality in Rural Ghana | link
  • Manufacture of a low-cost ceramic microporous filter for the elimination of microorganisms causing common diseases | link
  • An assessment of long-term biosand filter use and sustainability in the Artibonite Valley near Deschapelles, Haiti | link
  • Microbiological quality of chlorinated water after storage in ceramic pots | link
  • Qualitative risk assessment of self-supply hand-dug wells in Abeokuta, Nigeria | link
  • Heavy loads: children’s burdens of water carrying in Malawi | link
  • The joint effects of efficacy and compliance: A study of household water treatment effectiveness against childhood diarrhea | link

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 events planned in coming weeks in Afghanistan, Canada and Laos. View the calendar here

University of Brighton: Funded PhD opportunity for research on safe water in rural Africa – deadline 11 April 2013

The University of Brighton has a funded PhD opportunity for researchers interested in exploring the topic of drinking water quality in rural Africa and building on previous research conducted in Malawi. Click here to learn more.

AECF Africa: Funding for Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies – deadline 18 May 2013

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund is calling for proposals from organisations working in Mozambique on renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. HWTS technologies and methods may contribute to climate change adaptation to they extent they reduce carbon emitting activities (such as boiling water) and pressure on local forests while also providing access to safe drinking water. The REACT Mozambique funding opportunity is open until 18 May 2013. Click here for more info

Rotary and UNESCO-IHE: Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals – deadline 15 July 2013

The Rotary Foundation 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, Rotary will provide grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor eight students each year. Click here to learn more.

For 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 2013

  • Water Week Latinoamerica: 17-22 March, 2013 in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Segunda Feria de Manejo Comunitario del Agua y Saneamiento: 21-24 March, 2013 in Granada, Nicaragua
  • 9th Annual Thirsting to Serve Water Conference: 23 March, 2013 in Grand Rapids, USA
  • India Water Week: 8-12 April, 2013 in New Delhi, India
  • Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium: 9-11 April, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit: 19-20 May, 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development: 29-31 May, 2013 in Delft, The Netherlands
  • WASRAG World Water Summit V 2013: 21 June, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 36TH WEDC International Conference: 1-5 July 2013 in Nakuru, Kenya – Call for Papers
  • World Water Week 2013: 1-6 September, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden – Call for Abstracts
  • 3rd IWA Development Congress & Exhibition: 14-17 October, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Water and Health 2013: 14-18 October, 2013 in Chapel Hill, USA
  • South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN): 11-13 November, 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • ASTMH 62nd Annual Meeting: 13-17 November, 2013 in Washington DC, 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

    About this newsletter: This newsletter is produced every six to eight weeks by the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF as co-hosts of the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. Past issues are available at: For further info or to subscribe/unsubscribe, contact Ryan Rowe at: or

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