Household Water Newsletter, Issue 28

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.

Greetings Colleagues,

In this issue, we are pleased to share with you the proceedings from two recent Network events held in Ghana and India which are good resources for policy-makers and practitioners.

In May 2013, a workshop was held for government officials and other selected stakeholders to discuss how to advance HWTS policy and practice in four West African countries: the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Our report of the workshop summarizes the key lessons learned, knowledge shared, and areas for action by policy-makers and practitioners. The proceedings from the workshop include presentations on the current status of HWTS in these countries, examples of successful integration from other countries, and insight into monitoring & evaluation, technology performance evaluation, and implementing water safety plans. You will find these resources organized on our event archive page.

In November 2013, the Network held its Annual Meeting in India in conjunction with a workshop on HWTS and Water Safety Plans. The aim of the workshop was to share resources and knowledge for planning and implementation of activities to improve water safety in communities and at the household level. Experiences from mainly Africa and Asia were shared and are available on our event archive page. A report on the discussions is being prepared and will be shared in due course.

If you would like to connect with the organisations featured in any of the publications featured in this newsletter, please email me and let me know.

We wish you all well for the holiday season.

Ryan Rowe
Knowledge Manager
The Water Institute at UNC

Network Announcements

Nagpur Meeting & Workshop, November 2013: From 14-16 November in Nagpur, India, the Network held its Annual Meeting in conjunction with an action-oriented workshop on household water treatment, safe storage and water safety plans. Participants were invited to submit seed funding proposals for their planned activities to WHO and UNICEF. Access the proceedings here

Accra Workshop, May 2013: From 6-8 May in Accra, Ghana, the Network held a regional workshop to advance HWTS practice and policy in the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Access the proceedings and a summary report here

WHO: The World Health Organization published a report of the meeting of the Independent Advisory Committee to the WHO Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies, held in Geneva, Switzerland 24-25 June 2013. The IAC discussed various aspects of the initial phase of the Scheme including testing protocols, testing procedures, first round of submissions and regulatory and evaluation capacity building activities in resource scarce settings. Download the report here

Network Member News

CAWST: The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology is partnering with Pure Water for the World to open a new Water Expertise and Training Centre in Honduras in 2014. The new centre will provide training, technical consulting and educational resources to local NGOs, government agencies and community groups on topics ranging from HWTS to sanitation. Read more about CAWST’s WET Centres

Evidence Action: The Dispensers for Safe Water program provides access to safe drinking-water for 1 million people in East Africa using a chlorine dispenser system. The program initially began as a randomized controlled trial, described in a November 2013 article in Wired magazine. In a December 2013 blog post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Evidence Action shares the lessons they learned on taking successful research and pilot programs to scale.

Nazava Water Filters: Nazava Water Filters is an Indonesian/Dutch company selling the Tulip household water filter to Indonesians in need of safe drinking-water. They report that they won the first prize in the Nokia Health Category of the Tech Awards 2013. You can also watch Nazava’s YouTube video.

RWSN: The Rural Water Supply Network released its latest newsletter in December 2013.

WASRAG: The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group announced that the World Water Summit VI will take place Friday, May 30, 2014 immediately preceding the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia.

World Water Council: The 7th World Water Forum has released its Thematic Framework. Three key themes will guide the agenda: water security, responsible development, and sustainability.  The event will take place 12-17 April, 2015 in South Korea. View the Framework here

Recent Events

Budapest Water Summit, October 2013: From 8-10 October 2013 in Budapest, Hungary, the Summit brought together high-level representatives from government, international organizations, civil society and academia to discuss the water-related goals for the post-2015 development agenda. Coverage of the proceedings and a summary report of the Summit are available on the website of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.  The WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, gave the keynote lecture at the Summit and stressed the fundamental importance of safe drinking-water and sanitation for the sustainable prevention of diarrhoeal diseases; diseases that no single vaccine can prevent. Dr Chan’s speech can be found on the WHO website.

Agua 2013, October 2013: Held from 15-19 October, 2013 in Cali, Colombia, this event brought researchers together to discuss risk in the context of water management. Themes included water quality, environmental justice & water conflict, and water cycle risk management. Proceedings are in Spanish and are available here.

SACOSAN V, October 2013: The Fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation was held 22-24 October, 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal to discuss improving sanitation in South Asia. The conference report is available here.


Del Agua Health: Evan Thomas shared with us three new publications. First, a case study on the use of remote monitoring to improve data collection in the field. Second, an article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Science & Technology on the Use of Remotely Reporting Electronic Sensors for Assessing Use of Water Filters and Cookstoves in Rwanda. Third, a discussion paper arguing that improved feedback on the actual impact of development programs may ensure the success of poverty reduction interventions such as water filters, water pumps, latrines, and cookstoves.

WASHplus: 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 October 2, 2013, the WASHplus blog published links to the following publications:

Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities

Bushproof: The BushProof Technical Training in Water & Sanitation Infrastructure is a 6-day course with both theoretical and hands-on practical sessions. Courses take place in Madagascar and the next sessions are offered in January and Septembre 2014. Details here

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

Eawag: The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag in German shorthand) is offering a two-day course in March 2014 on Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects at its campus in Switzerland. Details here

UNC: The Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has issued a call for 2014-15 Affiliated Fellows for Water Research. Applicants may submit research proposals until April 1, 2014. Click here

For WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies BlogGlobal Water Jobs, 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 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

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