Household Water Newsletter, Issue 31

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.Click here to view this newsletter on our web page.

Dear Colleagues,

Three special items to note this month:

Would you like to have your research or project results shared with thousands of readers? Have your document or website link included in the HWTS Network newsletter and added to the WASHplus blog on Household Drinking Water Quality. You may submit all manner of publications, from simple one-page project descriptions and case studies to scientific and peer-reviewed literature. You can also share your good news (prizes and awards) and job opportunities. We may provide feedback for improvement and further dissemination. If you as an individual researcher or consultant or your organization have an item relating to HWTS to share with the community, please review our guidelines and submit it via our website.

Request for assistance from Pure Water for the World in Honduras on reaching more people with their bio-sand filters. Can you help? Please see below.

Two upcoming webinars over the next seven days dealing with the important topic of integration of WaSH and nutrition. Be sure to attend if you’d like to learn more about the latest evidence and how integration of the two will feature in USAID’s nutrition strategy and funding plans over the next ten years. More details below.

Best regards

Ryan Rowe
HWTS Network Communications
The Water Institute at UNC


Water Conditioning & Purification International has issued a call for articles for its monthly publication. The October issue will be devoted to international water treatment and sanitation. The December issue will features article about arsenic in the groundwater supply. You may download their editorial guidelines here and submit your proposed article to Denise Roberts at

The Water Institute at UNC has announced the FTW (Future Technologies for Water) Competition, which aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable business plan with wide-scale applicability. The first-place winner will receive $15,000 and the second-place winner will receive $5,000. The deadline to submit an application is July 31.

The World Health Organization has released a draft report on regulations and standards for drinking-water quality for public review. Comments on the draft are invited by 25 July 2014. Learn more

Network Member News

The Ministry of Health of Myanmar, via the Department of Medical Research (Lower Myanmar), reports a new publication entitled “Estimation of Acute Diarrhea and Acute Respiratory Infections among Children under Five Years Who Lived in a Peri-urban Environment of Myanmar” released in a journal from the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand. You can access it here.

TheSafe Water and AIDS Project in Kenya ranked second in the annual UN-Water Best Practices Award 2014 edition in the category ‘Best participatory communication, awareness raising and education practices’. SWAP implements programs that integrate health, water and development interventions and has contributed to the research and implementation knowledge base for HWTS. Read more

Sawyer Products, a US manufacturer of water filters, reports a new publication: “A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Childhood Diarrhea Using Hollow Fiber Water Filter and/or Hygiene-Sanitation Educational Interventions” released in the American Journal of Tropic Medicine and Hygiene. Access it here

Vestergaard-Frandsen, a Swiss manufacturer of water filters, shares with us the results of a student internship looking at different micro-enterprise models of selling filtered water in Nairobi, Kenya. Access it here

Request for Assistance

Pure Water For the World is experiencing growing demand for bio-sand filters from rural communities in Honduras, not only for communities we have not reached yet, but also from communities we have already intervened in (population growth rate of 3.5 %). Despite regular follow-up support to all of these communities we would like to hear about strategies employed by other implementers, which would allow these communities to cover newly established homes with BSFs independently, so that NGO intervention is no longer required. The strategy in question would have to address supply chain and financing components. We welcome links to peer-reviewed scientific publications, reports you have published yourself, and informal correspondence to Mario Goeb. For more information about our work in Honduras, visit our website.


Webinar on June 30th: WASH Advocates and 1,000 Days are hosting a webinar on the role of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy. Register for the webinar

Webinar on June 25th:  USAID, Care, the University of Maryland, and WASHplus are hosting a webinar on the latest evidence for water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition interventions in early childhood development. Register for the webinar


Asociacion Desea Peru has produced a construction and installation manual for a bio-sand filter for use in remote areas of the Peruvian Andes and which they suggest would be appropriate for in other areas of such inaccessibility.  They have installed 250 of these filters in four small communities.  Download the manual

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health have released a new Knowledge Summary of the impact of Water, sanitation and hygiene on reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health. Access it here

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 8, 2014, the WASHplus blog has shared a number of publications of interest:

WaterAid has developed a new Violence, Gender, and WaSH Toolkit to provide practitioners with a resource to reduce women’s vulnerability to violence through improved WaSH policy and programming. Access the toolkit here

Education, Funding or Work Opportunities

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 events planned in coming weeks in Afghanistan, Canada, Nepal and Zambia. View the calendar

The International Water Management Institute is recruiting a Senior/Principal Researcher to represent their work in Myanmar. The individual would be responsible for developing and implementing a program of research for development projects to improve the management of water, land and ecosystems, and to improve livelihoods. The post is open until June 30, 2014. Learn more

The Water Institute at UNC is recruiting a Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor to serve as its Associate Director for Research. Learn more

The Water Institute at UNC has opened registration for its Water Safety Plans distance learning course, which will begin in July. 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

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

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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