Household Water Newsletter, Issue 32

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.

Announcements and Network Secretariat News

  • Save the Date! The Network will hold its Annual Meeting on October 13, 2014 at the Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. We will shortly release further details.

Network Member News

  • The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program announced this year that it reached its 7 billionth liter milestone, through the distribution of 700 million water-purification packets to implementation efforts all over the world, including school WaSH, nutrition programs, emergency response and more. Read the blog post

Request for Assistance

  • Chris Malvicini is a student intern working with a group of coffee growers in Honduras. He is seeking advice about the availability and costs of water filters (or other options) for household use. Contact Chris at
  • InStove is seeking peer-reviewed publications and informal research to assist in the development of a rapid sand sediment filter which will compliment a community-scale drinking water pasteurization system (details on their website). If you can help, please contact Nick Moses at

Recent Events

  • Rainwater Harvesting Webinar Series: The Rural Water Supply Network and RAIN Foundation have collaborated to produce webinars on rainwater harvesting, on topics such as private sector participation, project reporting, and rainwater for food security. Learn more
  • Webinar on WASH, Nutrition and Early Childhood Development: USAID, Care, the University of Maryland, and WASHplus hosted a webinar on June 5, 2014 on the latest evidence for water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition interventions in early childhood development. Access the recording and materials here.
  • The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) held its Sixth World Water Summit on May 30, 2014 at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia. WASRAG provides support to Rotary projects, many of which often include HWTS. The program, speaker recordings, and presentations are available on the website.
  • Webinar on Fluoride in Groundwater: In excessive quantities, fluoride in groundwater is toxic to human health. An estimated 200 million people globally are at risk, including many in parts of Ethiopia. On May 2, 2014, The Water Channel hosted a webinar on the topic with a focus on the Ethiopian context. The recording can be watched online.
  • The WASH 2014 for everyone, everywhere conference was held March 24-28, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. Conference themes were 1) equitable access, universal services; 2) Achieving health outcomes with WASH; and 3) Sustaining and improving services. Download the conference report


  • The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology has just added over 900 items to its WASH Education & Training Resources website including WaSH and HWTS training Manuals containing nearly 1,000 lessons plans, 144 presentations, workshop agendas and outlines for  training practitioners, field staff and community members. Resources available in English, French and Spanish.
  • The WASHplus blog regularly features recent research and news on household drinking water quality and related topics. Below are some recently shared publications relating to HWTS:

Education, Funding or Work Opportunities

For more WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies BlogGlobal Water Jobs, or the Relief Web Jobs site.

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.

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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