Household Water Newsletter, Issue 37

November 2015


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Network Secretariat, I send thanks to those members who were able to join us for our annual meeting on October 26th. We had a very productive session and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with you all on a more personal level. For those of you who missed it, a session summary and links to presentations are available here. We certainly hope you will be able to join us in 2016!

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

As always, I welcome your feedback and I invite you to share with us next time around. You can look forward to our next newsletter in mid-January; in the meantime, I extend my warmest wishes to you and your families as we enter the holiday season.


Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC



The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are here! After years of preparation and deliberation, the UN General Assembly adopted the SDGs, which will shape the development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all over the next 15 years. The dedicated goal on Water and Sanitation includes eight ambitious targets that expand the focus from the MDGs towards the entire water cycle. Of particular interest to this community is the indicator on safely managing drinking water services, and the role that household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) can play in helping to ensure progress towards the 2030 agenda. We welcome your input on how the Network can shape its activities in the coming years to make these goals a success!

The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) has launched a new HWTS Knowledge Base. The HWTS Knowledge Base is intended to serve as a hub for implementers, researchers and producers alike, ensuring that both practical and technical information is accessible to all members of the sector. With the increased focus on water quality (not just access) through the Sustainable Development Goals, it is especially crucial for the HWTS sector to collaborate, build on successes and learn from challenges. Click here to access the HWTS Knowledge Base.

Boniswa Dladla of UNICEF Swaziland asks for your input on an important question: “What role can HWTS play in saving lives during a drought?” We invite you to share your knowledge, experiences, or advice with Boniswa directly at



Solvatten, a Swedish organization, have been awarded the United Nations’s Climate Solutions Award for their combined water treatment and solar water heating system. The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable, and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. Congratulations!

Ms. Tracy Hawkins and her colleagues at Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa have been selected as finalists for a prestigious international award for environmental sustainability. The Energy Globe World Awards are a means to raise awareness on the issue of sustainability, to showcase best practice solutions from a variety of countries, and to motivate people to contribute their share and to convince governments to provide the necessary framework. The award ceremony will be televised globally on February 19, 2016, from the Milad Tower in Tehran. Congratulations!




CAWST will be hosting a webinar on Quality Control for Ceramic Pot Filters, this Thursday, November 19th from 12-1pm EST. This webinar will focus on decentralized production of ceramic pot filters for household water treatment. Kaira Wagoner of Potters for Peace will present on the challenges and successes of production, plans for innovation moving forward, and ongoing research to expand the ceramic pot filter’s capacities. Justine Rayner of Tufts University will discuss the need for and development of a scheme for evaluating quality at ceramic pot filter factories. Registration is available here for those interested in participating.

The UNEP and DHI have teamed up over the course of the last two months to provide a series of webinars on water quality, with a specific focus on understanding why water quality is vital to achieving the SDGs. The sixth and final webinar in the series will take place on Wednesday, November 25th at 15:00 CEST and focuses on Data and Knowledge Management for Water Quality. You are welcome to register here if interested. Other topics this series have covered include:

  • Global Goals and European Lessons Learned | View
  • Water Quality: the Key Challenges | View
  • Frameworks for Water Quality Governance | View
  • Water Quality Interventions | View
  • Water Quality Management and Regulation Tools | View

The HWTS Network Secretariat is teaming up with CAWST to offer a webinar on Tuesday, December 8th on HWTS in Emergencies: Lessons from the Field. Registration details will be sent out to the listserv in the near future; in the meantime, mark your calendars!


Select Events from the 2015 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, NC (October 26 – 30):

The World Health Organization convened a side event on the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (“the Scheme”). During the event, participants were provided with an overview of Round I results, an update on Round II, and capacity building efforts of the Scheme. In addition, there was discussion of how Scheme results apply to regulatory processes and how the impact of the Scheme can be maximized. A more detailed summary of the proceedings, as well as the Q&A session, can be found on our website. Any questions about this event can be directed to Batsi Majuru at

This year’s Ceramic Pot Filter side session, convened by the Ceramics Manufacturing Working Group and Tufts University, served as an opportunity for dozens of filter scholars, producers, and enthusiasts to share and discuss some of the latest, most exciting ceramic filter research.  Presentations focused on potential avenues toward virus inactivation, effects of stabilizing agents on silver aggregation, and effects of water quality parameters such as chlorine concentration on silver-leeching.  The session ended with a round-table discussion that covered a variety of subjects including filter-manufacturing variables, improved mechanisms for communication within the filter community, certification of filter manufacturing quality control processes, and prospects for simplifying future filter factory establishments.  To learn more about this event, contact Kaira Wagoner at


Upcoming Events

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

Adaptation Futures 2016: May 10 -13, 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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

Singapore International Water Week: July 10 – 14, 2016 at the Conference Centre of the Sands, Singapore

26th SIWI World Water Week: August 28 – September 2, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition: October 9 – 13, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia

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



A Policy Guidance Manual on Wastewater Management was released on the occasion of the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 19, 2015. Jointly produced by United Nations ESCAP, UN-Habitat, and the Asian Institute of Technology, the manual is an outcome of a project on “Strengthening capacity of policymakers in South-East Asia to promote policies and developing plans for improved wastewater treatment and reuse in urban and periurban areas.” The publication is available here.

PriMove Infrastructure Development Consultants (“PriMove”), based in Pune, India, is a private consultancy providing support to the Government of India / Maharashtra for implementing various interventions in WASH sector. Currently, PriMove is facilitating the implementation of Village Water Safety and Security programs in twelve villages in Mouda block. More information about their campaign can be found here.

The Safe Water and Aids Project (SWAP) recently celebrated its 10th year of operations! Throughout the past decade, they have transformed from a small project with four employees to managing multiple programs and research, had publications accepted in peer reviewed journals, attended national and international forums, won prestigious international awards, and improved the health of those who need it most while empowering vulnerable women. Learn more about their journey 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:


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