Household Water Newsletter, Issue 34

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 34

February 2015

Network News and Updates

The October 2014 Annual Network Meeting Report is now available for download on the Network communications website.

Round I Testing under the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies is complete, and test reports are currently being prepared. A total of ten products were evaluated in this first round of the Scheme, with four products undergoing full testing, three reduced testing, and three abbreviated reviews with no testing. These products are listed in the table below:

Manufacturer Product Trademark Evaluation Procedure
Aqua Research LLC H2gO purifier Abbreviated review with no testing
Helioz GmbH Wadi Full laboratory testing
LifeStraw SA(part of Vestergaard Group) LifeStraw Family 1.0 Abbreviated review with no testing
LifeStraw Family 2.0 Reduced laboratory testing
LifeStraw Community Reduced laboratory testing
Medentech Limited Aquatabs Reduced laboratory testing
Upendo Women’s Group MSABI TEMBO Filter Pot Full laboratory testing
The Procter & Gamble Company P & G Purifier of Water Abbreviated review with no testing
Qingdao Waterlogic Manufacturing Company Waterlogic Hybrid / Waterlogic Edge Full laboratory testing
World Health Alliance Inc. Silverdyne Full laboratory testing

There have been some unanticipated delays, but the good news is that testing is complete, and the reports are currently under preparation. We will be sharing the results of the evaluation in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the newsletter and Scheme webpage!

Recent Publications

Eawag has released The Geogenic Contamination Handbook. The handbook is a product of the Water Resource Quality project that ran from 2006 to 2012, focusing on the mitigation of arsenic- and fluoride-contaminated drinking water for low- and middle-income countries. The handbook includes guidelines on water sampling, outlines available treatment technologies, and highlights the need to consider the institutional setting and financial viability of drinking water services. It also provides guidelines on behavioural change in affected communities with case studies to illustrate integrated mitigation approaches.

The WASHplus project has recently posted a number of publications of interest to the household drinking water quality updates blog:

Technology Performance and Design

Water Quality

Cholera and WASH

User Preference and Behaviour Change

Carbon Financing

Courses and Webinars

Eawag is offering a “Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects” course on 5-6 March 2015. The course will take place at Eawag Dübendorf and is also available online. The course will enable participants to plan, design, and evaluate evidence-based behaviour change campaigns and learn how to conduct a quantitative survey of determinants, identify the required behaviour change techniques, and prove their effects and effectiveness. Visit http://www.eawag.ch/lehre/peak/kurse/index_EN to register.

The Rural Water Supply Network is hosting weekly webinars through 31 March 2015. Sessions scheduled for February include: Self-supply Examples from Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, Manual Drilling – A Global Perspective of Local Realities, Costs and Quality of Self-supply Services, and Groundwater Resources and Supplies in Africa. Register at goo.gl/ha2h3W.

Work Opportunities

The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) is hiring a Knowledge and Research Coordinator to develop strategies, processes, and tools to effectively manage technical knowledge in WASH. The CAWST website has further details on this position.

The UNICEF WASH program in Afghanistan has a vacancy for a WASH Manager – Sanitation Specialist at the P4 level. The Sanitation Specialist will support the government in scaling up the national sanitation program to accelerate ending open defecation and increase access to improved sanitation facilities. For more information, contact Rolf Luyendijk, Chief WASH, UNICEF Kabul at rluyendijk@unicef.org. Interested candidates may apply at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/. Applications are due February 3, 2015.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a post-doc immediately to work on the Ebola virus survival and chemical disinfection project. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/66473.

2015 Events Calendar

Nexus 2015: Water, Food, Energy, and Climate Conference: 15-17 March 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

7th World Water Forum: 12-17 April 2015 in Daegu – Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea

9th Water Tech Funding Forum: 16-17 April 2015 in New York, USA

Water Microbiology Conference: 18-22 May 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

IWRA XVth World Water Congress: 25-29 May 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland

38th WEDC International Conference: 27-31 July 2015 at Loughborough University, UK

World Water Week: 23-28 August 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden

IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition: 18-22 October 2015 in Jordan

Water and Health Conference: 26-30 October 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

For more WASH and water-related event listings, please refer to the International Institute for Sustainable Development Water Policy & Practice Calendar. Please email hwtsnetwork@unc.edu to add your event to this list.

About this newsletter: This newsletter is produced 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: http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter. For further information or to unsubscribe, contact Jen Bogle at: hwtsnetwork@unc.edu or jbogle@email.unc.edu.

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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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