Household Water Newsletter, Issue 35

July 2015


Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all having a lovely week. We have a lot of updates to share with you all since our last newsletter! Please remember that Network members are invited to submit ideas, projects and announcements for the newsletter at any time.

We are pleased to confirm that the 2015 Annual Meeting of the HWTS Network will take place at the Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA on Monday, October 26, from 8:30 – 12:30. We are currently developing the agenda and will share it with you in due course. We would be delighted to see you there!

Other conference sessions that may of interest to Network members include:

  • Beyond Testing: Capacity building under the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate HWTS (Convened by WHO): Tuesday, October 27, from 8:30 – 12:30.
  • Water Safety Plans: global trends, implementation initiatives and impact assessment (Convened by WHO & UNICEF): Friday, October 30, from 8:30 – 12:30.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and membership in the Network.


Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC



The Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) recently launched the 2015 Update and MDG Assessment, which shares progress in achieving drinking water and sanitation goals over the last 25 years. In particular, the report serves to re-emphasize the importance of household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) in helping to reach the 663 million people worldwide who still lack access to improved drinking water sources. Furthermore, access to improved sources alone does not guarantee the microbial safety of water as illustrated in recent studies; therefore, practitioners should continue promoting water safety planning by local officials and correct, consistent, and continued use of effective HWTS products at home. is an on-line training program through which universities can offer free courses that fit your schedule. There are currently two on-going courses that may be of interest to Network members:

SAVE THE DATE! World Vision, Procter & Gamble, Grundfos, and Sesame Street will lead an interactive discussion on how partnerships can be a tool to fulfill mission and increase impact at World Water Week in Stockholm. The event will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 16:00-17:30 at the NL Music Hall (Musiksalen).

The Water Institute at UNC is currently accepting abstracts for the 2015 Water and Health Conference related to the theme “WaSH in emergencies and outbreaks.” Submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2015, and selected abstracts will be offered to present at the conference.

The World Health Organization is still accepting expressions of interest from manufacturers who wish to have their products evaluated under the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. The final deadline for submission is August 15, 2015.




USAID hosted a webinar on Drinking Water Quality on June 18, 2015 in which experts Trey Flowers and Rochelle Rainey shared strategies for incorporating the 3 Pillars of Water Quality into water supply projects: Protection, Governance and Monitoring. This webinar was part of an ongoing Water and Development Strategy series, which included webinar sessions on Sanitation, WaSH and Nutrition, Sustainability of WaSH Services, and Agricultural Water Management. Webinar recording available here.

A panel of experts from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) hosted a webinar on Scaling-up Household Water Treatment on June 23, 2015. Panelists provided their perspectives on various themes related to HWTS program design through an interactive Q&A session. Panelists discussed the importance choosing the correct water quality indicators for measuring results and the importance of ensuring sustained use and effective removal of pathogens for HWT products, among other topics. Webinar recording available here.

The U.S. Water Partnership, with support from Tufts University, World Health Organization and Pure Water for the World, hosted a webinar on HWT Technologies and Implementation on June 23, 2015. Discussions were focused around the evaluation of different technologies as well as examples of successes and challenges in implementing HWT in Haiti and Central America. Presentation slides are available here.

Lessons from Round I and Plans for Round II of the World Health Organization’s International Scheme to Evaluate HWTS were shared during a webinar on June 30, 2015. A full summary including the agenda, list of speakers and links to presentations is available through the HWTS Network website.

The Water Institute at UNC hosted the Water Microbiology Conference in Chapel Hill on May 18 – 21, 2015. Conference sessions and poster presentations focused on water microbiology from watersheds to human exposure. Sessions of particular interest to the Network include those on the effectiveness of various HWT technology options and the links between WaSH and the microbiology of water. Conference agenda and presentation downloads are available here.



DT 2015 – Dry Toilet Conference: August 19 -22, 2015 in Tampere, Finland

20th SuSanA meeting: August 22, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden

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

OU International WaTER Conference: September 21-23, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA

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

Global Handwashing Day: October 15, 2015

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

ASTMH 64th Annual Meeting: October 25-29, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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

Amsterdam International Water Week: November 2-6, 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

14th World Anaerobic Digestion Congress: November 15-18, 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile

6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation: January 11-13, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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



Researchers are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health titled “Arsenic in drinking water: current perspectives.” The deadline for manuscript submissions is September 30, 2015; more information, including topics of interest and submission instructions is available here.

The WASHplus blog is part of a USAID-funded project featuring recent research and news on household drinking water quality and related topics. Below are links to recent publications that may be of interest:



Starting on October 5, 2015, the International WaterCentre will be delivering a 10-week WASH and Behavior Change online training course. This course aims to empower WASH practitioners to incorporate behavior change strategies into their project design and delivery. Registration is open now.

The Water Institute at UNC is currently recruiting a Director of Knowledge Management and Communications to manage and implement communication strategies both internally and externally; in addition, the Institute is accepting applications for a Director for Research who will oversee research implementation and maintain strong, effective partnerships with collaborators.

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

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 For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Alec Shannon at

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