Household Water Newsletter, Issue 26

This newsletter is released periodically by the Water Institute at UNC to the members and subscribers to the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage.

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Greetings Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Meeting of the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage will take place in Nagpur, India from 13-15 November and will be themed around the links between HWTS and Water Safety Plans. We will shortly release more details.

The Network will also be involved in three events at this year’s Water and Health Conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They will consist of: 1) a half-day event on the use of HWTS with broader health efforts (e.g. prograMs. on HIV, maternal health, nutrition, etc.) with a focus on operational research needs and evidence-based approaches to implementation; 2) a half-day training workshop on improving effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation of HWTS; and 3) a half-day session on approaches to turning WaSH knowledge into action.

Would you like to participate or contribute to the the Annual Meeting in India or the events at UNC? Please share your ideas with Maggie Montgomery (, Michael Forson ( and Ryan Rowe ( There is some funding to support government officials active in the relevant areas; other participants need to be self-funded.

Finally, we would like to share with the community some notable news from two friends and supporters of the Network:

Dr. Greg Allgood has retired from Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW). Dr. Allgood and the CSDW were founding members of the Network when it launched ten years ago and have been steadfast contributors (financially and intellectually) to the Network’s efforts to increase awareness of HWTS and scale up access and use by those in need. Dr Allgood joins World Vision as their Vice President of Water and will become a Visiting Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ms. Alie Eleveld, who directs the Safe Water and AIDS Project in Kenya, has received knighthood from the Dutch monarchy for her tireless service to working on economic, health and social issues in Kenya, and other parts of Africa, over many years. Ms. Eleveld has often shared lessons with other Network members, from an early Network meeting in Nairobi in January 2007 to the World Water Forum in Marseille in March 2012, and she (and SWAP) hosted me as an embedded community researcher in the summer of 2011.

Best regards,

Ryan Rowe
Household Water Specialist
The Water Institute at UNC

Reader poll

In our last newsletter, 110 respondents participated in our poll on their plans to attend upcoming WaSH events. The top four events this year are the WEDC conference in Kenya (held two weeks ago), the World Water Week in Sweden (August 2013), the Water and Health Conference in the USA (October 2013), and SACOSAN in Nepal (October 2013). We also asked what factors might influence you to attend such events more frequently. A few participants provided insight on their decision factors.

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Contents of this Newsletter


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:National Integrated Development Association (NIDA) is a Pakistani NGO working on economic development, education, WaSH, and women’s empowerment; Nu?c S?ch Vi?t is a for-profit private company dedicated to deliver unsophisticated, low-cost water treatment and safe storage technologies to rural and peri-urban populations in Southern Viet Nam; Society for the Advancement of Humanity (SAHI) is a Liberian NGO building WaSH and education infrastructure;

New subscribers: Vincent Adjato-Ntem, Sabrina Aggarwal, Smile Ametsi, Sara Flanagan, Georges Herman, Atanda O John, Issahaku Mariam, Natasha Sim, Sabrina Sorlini, Bobbi Wallace, Habib Yakubu

SACOSAN: Event date changed

Please note that the date of the upcoming South Asian Ministerial Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) in Kathmandu, Nepal has been changed to 22-24 October, 2013.

WASH 2014: Call for Abstracts – deadline 26 July 2013

The International Water Center, an Australian research institute, will host the WASH 2014 conference from 24-28 March, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. The conference theme is Water, Sanitation, Hygiene: Everyone, Everywhere. Abstracts are invited within three sub-themes:  A) Equitable access, universal services;  B) Achieving health outcomes with WASH; C) Sustaining and improving services. Submit your abstract by 26 July, 2013. Visit the conference website.

Water and Health Conference: Early-bird registration – deadline 9 August 2013

The 2013 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy takes place 14-18 October, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. The Conference offers learning and networking opportunites, more than 200 verbal and poster presentations, various side events, and a diverse group of WaSH, health and development professionals from around the world. The early bird rate of $395 USD ends on August 9. Register here

Water and Health Conference: HWTS-related iteMs. on Side Event calendar

The organisers of the 2013 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy have released the calendar of side events to take place during the conference. Several sessions relate to HWTS, including the three mentioned in the welcome paragraph of this newsletter. Download the side event schedule

News and Newsletters

Aqua for All: Annual Report for 2012 released

Aqua for All, a Dutch NGO, works to increase access to safe drinking-water and provide adequate sanitation for the poor. Their annual report for 2012 was released during July 2013. Download the Annual Report.

Heed Association: Annual Report for 2012 released

Health, Education, Environment Development (HEED) Association, a Pakistani NGO, would like to share its 2012 Annual Report. HEED is engaged in water treatment projects for small and rural communities that range from filtration and polishing plants to small scale reverse osmosis units. They are also currently fundraising for: 1) implementing bio-sand filters moving away from standard concrete structure to a much lighter and efficient steel mould; and 2) testing a pilot project to remove arsenic using electrodes. Download the Annual Report

P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program: Dr Greg Allgood retires

Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program announced in June 2013 that its Director and Founder, Dr Greg Allgood, has retired after 9 years leading the organization. Dr Allgood led the organization to deliver six billion litres of safe drinking-water through the provision of P&G Purifier of Water packets to people in need. Allison Tummon at P&G will now lead the CSDW Program.

Discussions and Requests

UNICEF Malawi: A Guide to CLTS Triggering Tools that Result in Hand Washing Practice

UNICEF Malawi, in collaboration with a local district council in the country, has produced a guide to field-tested techniques for triggering hand-washing in conjunction with efforts to promote Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). The document ranks each of the techniques on five criteria, outlines the steps for facilitators, and the materials required. They encourage practitioners and health officials to use the tools and provide feedback to further improve their effectiveness. Download the guide

Recent Events

5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development: Delft, The Netherlands, 29-31 May 2013

Some 220 delegates from 60 countries attended the Symposium at UNESCO-IHE in Delft. Organisers state that insights on capacity development for achieving and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals will feed into the Budapest Water Summit to take place in October 2013. Global standards for quality in water leadership education and development programmes were adopted. Most Symposium proceedings are now available online. Visit the website

3rd LatinoSan: Panama City, Panama, 29-31 May 2013

At the 3rd Latin-American Conference on Sanitation (LatinoSan), 17 countries signed the Panama Declaration to reaffirm commitments to improving and monitoring access to sanitation, strengthening inter-governmental cooperation, and support for a post-2015 goal on water and sanitation. The conference website includes access to the agenda, news releases, and photos, as well as comprehensive summaries on each country and the context for accelerating access to sanitation. Most proceedings are in Spanish only. Visit the website here

2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit and Technical Workshops: Chiang Mai, Thailand, 16-20 May 2013

At the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, heads of state, other high-level officials, and technical teaMs. gathered to discuss water-related issues affecting the region. Technical workshops included discussions on household water security. Slides 13 and 14 of a presentation by Dr Kulwant Singh (UN Habitat) outlines key takeaways for policy-makers. The conference website has summaries of the key outcomes, available mainly in English and Thai. Visit the website here

Update from HWTS Network Policy Workshops: Malawi Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop

Malawi: In the latest progress following the HWTS Network workshop held in Maputo, Mozambique in June 2012, the Government of Malawi held a workshop on 18 April, 2013 to consult with stakeholders on the development of its national action plan. A report prepared by The Water Institute at UNC summarises the discussions and recommended actions. Download the report


Ecofiltro: Ceramic filter video and life-cycle performance case study

Ecofiltro, a Guatemalan ceramic water filter firm, has produced a short video outlining the merits of its approach to ceramic filter sales, which they argue has led to benefits for households: reduced spending on firewood and improved drinking-water quality. Watch the video

Ecofiltro also announces the publication of a case study by PRé Sustainability, a consulting firm, showing their product’s life-cycle performance against boiled water and bottled water as measured by four criteria: CO2 emissions, energy use, water use, and human toxicity potential. The results indicate that Ecofiltro perforMs. favourably against the two other drinking-water options. Download the report

Government of Vietnam: Study of arsenic contamination

The Ministry of Health in Vietnam writes to share its recent publication “Are existing drinking water sources safe from [arsenic] contamination in Hanam province, Vietnam?”. Read more

Portland State University: Report on the use of electronic monitoring technology for behavior change in Indonesia

Evan Thomas, Director at DelAgua Health and Assistant Professor at Portland State University, shares with us a publication on their work with MercyCorps, a US-based NGO, to combine remote electronic monitoring methods with traditional public health evaluation methods on prograMs. to monitor hand-washing and latrine use in Indonesia. Read the report

WASHplus: Blog on Household Drinking Water Quality

The WASHplus blog is part of a USAID-funded project featuring recent research and news on household drinking water quality and related topics. Since the last issue of the HWTS Network newsletter released on May 24, 2013, the WASHplus blog published links to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS and more generally WASH:

Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities

CAWST Training Workshops

The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations on HWTS and other topics. There are several events planned in coming weeks in Canada, Cambodia, DR Congo, Ethiopia, and Zambia. View the calendar here

Water Institute at UNC: Registration open for Water Safety Plan course

Registration is open for The Water Institute at UNC’s Water Safety Plans distance learning course, which will begin in August. The course is aimed at those in the water industry with management, engineering or operational responsibilities. The 10-week course covers five main content areas: preparation, system assessment, operational monitoring, management and communication, and feedback and improvement. Learn more here

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

Event Calendar for 2013

Event Calendar for 2014

For more WASH and water-related event listings, please refer to the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s 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

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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Disclaimer: This publication does not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund. The mention of specific companies or of certain manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund.



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