Household Water Newsletter, Issue 36

September 2015


Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well! Just a reminder 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 – 12:00. The meeting agenda is being finalized and will be shared with Network members very soon. We would be delighted to see you there!

Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements and publications for the newsletter. Some highlights of this month’s issue include:

  • Introduction to a new decision-making tool for experts and stakeholders
  • An overview of HWTS related events at World Water Week in Stockholm
  • Lesson sharing from implementers in Cambodia, Haiti, and Kenya

As always, I welcome your feedback and I invite you to share your own experiences and tools next time around.


Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC



Furniture Row has teamed up with World Vision to provide clean water to children and families through a sweepstakes that is guaranteed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The Grand Prize Winner and a friend will receive VIP treatment during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 25th.  To learn more about the sweepstakes and how you can enter, click here.

Call for collaborators! Sehgal Foundation is interested to work with like-minded organizations to provide safe drinking water to communities in need. They are a registered trust working across three states in India (Bihar, Rajasthan, and Haryana) to promote safe drinking water, create awareness around water related issues, and encourage the safe disposal of domestic waste water. Please contact Lalit Mohan Sharma to learn more:

Practica Foundation and collaborators have developed the WaterCompass tool to assist experts and stakeholders in the initial selection process of water supply and treatment technologies. The tool includes almost seventy water management methods which are grouped from source protection to household water treatment and storage practices. Check it out!



Doctoral researcher Edema Ojomo (The Water Institute at UNC) presented the findings of a PATH and UNICEF funded study on the enablers and barriers to the sustainability and scale up of HWTS practice through a Q&A style webinar with the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). In addition to identifying these factors and grouping them into domains that should be considered in all HWTS programming, Ms. Ojomo went further to discuss the preliminary tools that have been developed to help take these findings from research into practice. Webinar recording available here.


World Water Week in Stockholm:

Antenna Technologies Foundation convened a session on “Scaling up Safe Water Enterprises for the BoP” along with ten panelists representing the private sector, NGOs, civil society and international development agencies. Discussions touched on HWTS, smart subsidies, and creating customer demand. An audience of 130 participants also shared their experience and suggestions on the role of government in setting quality standards, microfinance options and appropriate pricing, as well as the design and marketing of aspirational and trustworthy products focused on customer needs. For more information on this session, please refer to the convener webpage, or contact Fanny Boulloud at

‘Reaching Rural Populations with Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: A Space for Partnerships’ was a panel at Stockholm’s WWW convened by World Vision, Procter & Gamble, Grundfos, and Sesame Street.  By demonstrating how partnerships are critical to the achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, this panel focused on the provision of safe water, hygiene, and sanitation through sustainable approaches.  For more information about this event, contact Greg Allgood at


Upcoming Events

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

AidEx 2015 Conference: November 18-19, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium

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

Water Microbiology Conference 2016: May 16 -20, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

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



New research on the effectiveness of emergency water treatment in refugee camps has been published through a Bulletin of the World Health Organization. The study was carried out in three refugee camps in South Sudan during March – April 2013. Findings suggest that centralized batch chlorination may not always be effective in refugee camps; therefore, HWTS may be necessary as an alternative or in addition to centralized treatment.

HelpAge International and GrifAid share their experience implementing a new kind of water filter in Haiti. Their field trial not only provided feedback to improve the filter’s design and functionality, but it also motivated Haitian elders to devise a system of filter sharing through supervised stations known as Boukan. Find out more about the Boukan of Haiti and the field trial results through this blog post.

Hydrologic Social Enterprise recently published a case study that documents their evolution from an NGO project to a sustainable business. The case study offers important lessons for those interested in social enterprise including time to make mistakes, understanding the customer, and professionalizing sales, among many others. Hydrologic has sold over 400,000 water filters across Cambodia since 2012.

Don Arnold from the Safe Water Team shares how the use of a survey application in Kenya is helping to create transparency between the non-profit and their donors. In addition to providing timely updates to staff and donors, the app has also allowed the Safe Water Kenya team to accelerate their work in distributing biosand water filters. Find out more 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.

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


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