Household Water Newsletter, Issue 29

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.


WHO launches International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies: The World Health Organization recently launched the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. The Scheme aims to promote and coordinate independent and consistent testing and evaluation of household water treatment products based on WHO performance criteria and to support governments in building technical capacity. For more details, click here.

UNICEF Cholera Toolkit now in French: UNICEF has made its comprehensive toolkit for the prevention and control of cholera available in French. Access it here.

WEDC Conference extends abstract deadline: The deadline for submissions is extended until 31 March 2014. The conference will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 15-19 September 2014 and includes three days of research presentations and side events and two days of training workshops. For more details, click here.

Network News

HWTS Network holds webinar on WHO’s HWT Evaluation Scheme: The HWTS Network held a webinar in February 2014 to publicly share plans for the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. A webinar information pack with the agenda, speaker profiles, and speakers’ slides is available online for download. A list of Q&A submitted by participants and presenters is being compiled and will be released to the Network in due course.

Gambia Action Plan on HWTS: The Government of Gambia has finalized its action plan on HWTS and received seed funding from WHO and UNICEF, as an outcome from the workshop held in Ghana in May 2013. Download the plan

Community News

CAWST releases Drinking Water Quality Testing Manual: The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) releases a new manual providing introductory information and resources on drinking water quality testing for HWTS and small-scale community water systems. For more details, click here.

SWAP Kenya receives USAID award: The Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP), a Kenyan NGO, has won a US$1 million award from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures. For more details, click here.

UNC-developed water test wins USAID prize: A simple water quality test developed by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that detects the presence of E. coli won an Honourable Mention as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize competition. For more details, click here.


RegNet Webinar on Media Management: The International Network of Drinking-water Regulators, hosted by WHO, recently held a webinar entitled “Dealing with local media during a water quality incident – the journalist’s perspective”. Recordings of the webinar are available in English and in Spanish.


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 December 18, 2013, the WASHplus blog has shared a number of publications of interest:

– Assessing the Impact of Water Filters and Improved Cook Stoves on Drinking Water Quality and Household Air Pollution
– Editorial – The elusive effect of water and sanitation on the global burden of disease
– CAWST – Newly updated Drinking Water Quality Testing Manual
– Evaluation of the Compartment Bag Test for the Detection of Escherichia coli in Water
– Household Effectiveness vs. Laboratory Efficacy of Point-of-use Chlorination
– Intermittent versus continuous operation of biosand filters
– Risk Assessment of the Schmutzdecke of Biosand Filters
– Navigating the WASH sector: a guide for corporate grantmakers
– WASH and the Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Global Manual for WASH Implementers
– WASH, Environmental Enteropathy, Nutrition, and Early Child Development: Making the Links
– The Application of Participatory Research to Optimize a Household Water Treatment Technology
– Aquagenx Compartment Bag Test Awarded USAID Pioneers Prize Honorable Mention
– EAWAG – Course on Introduction to HWTS
– Country clustering applied to the water and sanitation sector: A new tool
– Why “improved” water sources are not always safe
– Modeling the sustainability of a ceramic water filter intervention
– Intermittent versus continuous operation of biosand filters
– Enteric Pathogens in Stored Drinking Water and on Caregiver’s Hands in Tanzanian Households
– Mechanisms of post-supply contamination of drinking water
– The Challenge of Promoting Interventions to Prevent Disease in Impoverished Populations
– Introducing Efficient Low Cost Smoked Pots for Water Purification
– Water Safety and Inequality in Access to Drinking-water between Rich and Poor Households
– Increasing acceptance of chlorination for household water treatment: observations from Bangladesh
– GiveWell analysis of water quality interventions
– From Proof to Impact
– The Hyper-Efficient, Highly Scientific Scheme to Help the World’s Poor

Education, Funding or Work Opportunities

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation: This competition encourages sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to submit applications to develop innovative and scalable solutions for local challenges. The Prize includes six months of training and mentoring and a cash award of £25,000. Applications open 6 March 2014 and the deadline is 30 May 2014. For more details, click 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, and the United States. View the calendar here

Eawag: Eawag/Sandec is launching a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) series on water and sanitation in developing countries in collaboration with Swiss university École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. The first instalment in the series, “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage” will start on 7 April 2014 and run for five weeks. Participation is free. For more details, click 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. For more details, click here.

UNICEF Ghana:  UNICEF Ghana is seeking a Senior Consultant to carry out a rapid assessment of drinking water quality in Ghana and develop a drinking water quality management framework for the WASH sector. For more details, 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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