Household Water Newsletter, Issue 38

January 2016


Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year to all! I hope you had a joyous and restful holiday season.

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

  • Introduction to the WHO & UNICEF Knowledge Portal on WASH in Health Care
  • Upcoming WASH related training events, conferences, and courses
  • Member publications on HWTS in Rwanda, India, and Myanmar

As always, member feedback is welcome, and you are invited to share materials for the newsletter at any time. You can look forward to our next newsletter in mid-March.

I would also like to share with you all that I will be moving on from the Water Institute at the end of this month. In my absence, Kris Horvath will be taking over as the Network Communications Officer. I encourage you to reach out to him by email at and introduce yourselves if you get the chance. Thank you all for welcoming me so warmly to the Network; it has been a pleasure to work with you all, and I hope I will cross paths with many of you again in the future.


Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC



WHO and UNICEF recently announced the launch of their Knowledge Portal on WASH in Health Care Facilities to share information, tools, and build momentum. Please go here to learn more.

Call for Proposals to Present! USAID is hosting the first ever Cracking the Nut Health Conference in July 2016. The Advisory Committee invites interested persons to submit short, 2-page proposals to present by 5:00 PM EST, Friday, January 29, 2016. Go here to learn more and register.

UpWater is an innovative HWTS project that is currently being implemented in Thailand within the framework of Grand Challenges Canada. The project is comprised of an innovative product (a SODIS bag-in-a-box), a social transformation component, and a market-based business model. After field-testing different versions of the product, implementers are now working on the business side of this innovation to establish sustainable supply chains for the product. Whereas it still is too early to tell if the model can be the basis of a successful business operation, the technical and design advances made by the project are significant and deserve some attention on behalf of the HWTS community. To that effect, UpWater has produced a series of communication materials, which can be viewed here. For further information, feel free to contact the principal investigator of the project, Sittha Sukkasi, at, or Matthias Saladin at

Mr. F H Mughal would like to know “What are some household water treatment systems that can remove low-to-medium levels of salinity (2,000 to 3,000 mg/L TDS)? He can be reached directly at

The consortium of the Tanzanian NGO SHIPO and the Dutch company Basic Water Needs announce that the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) has selected them as an official partner. HDIF will support their plans to increase sustainable access to safe drinking water in Tanzania by implementing a new model to scale up the use of HWTS. This model combines effective, attractive and affordable water filters with awareness and a sustainable supply chain for filters and spares which will continue after the project period. For more information, please contact: Morten Holm van Donk at or Maria Besteman at



Past Events

On December 8th, 2015, the HWTS Network teamed up with CAWST to host a webinar on HWTS in the transition from emergency response to recovery, with a focus on Nepal. The webinar drew on the experience of Tai Ring Teh and Arinita Maskey Shrestha from UNICEF NepalBipin Dangol from ENPHO, and Fanny Boulloud from Antenna Technologies. Each panelist presented on key challenges and opportunities for coordinating emergency response efforts, training local actors, and distributing products, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Presentations can be downloaded here, here, and here.


Upcoming Events

Coming soon: WHO will soon be releasing the results of Round I of the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. The report details the results from 10 HWT technologies, including solar, chemical, filtration and ultraviolet (UV), and will be released in the coming weeks. Keep checking the HWTS Network Newsletter!

CAWST is hosting a five-day training workshop on Biosand Filter Project Implementation from February 15 – 19, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop is beneficial for anyone planning to implement a BSF project and for those working in community development, the WASH sector and health projects that are seeking safe water solutions. The workshop has been designed for mid-level managers, decisions makers, program organizers, community liaisons, technicians, frontline supervisors, project managers and project engineers who are working in communities to provide safe water. More information available here.

BushProof is hosting their second one-week Technical Training in Water & Sanitation Infrastructure from March 7 – 12, 2016 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The training features a modified curriculum to give more time for pipe and pump design, while adding in sessions on topographical surveying and group work to reinforce understanding in this area. For more information, the updated course document that contains the curriculum is available here.

Eawag has announced their next practice-oriented course on Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects. The course provides tools for planning, designing and evaluating evidence-based behaviour change campaigns. The participants will learn how to conduct a quantitative survey measuring the behavioural factors, how to identify the required behaviour change techniques, and how to verify their effectiveness. The course will take place from March 15 – 16, 2016 in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Participation in the course using video conference is highly encouraged (Central European Time CET). For further details and registration please click here. Registration deadline is March 9th, 2016.

9th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference: April 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Global Water Safety Conference: April 25-27, 2016 in Palawan, the Philippines

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

Water Microbiology Conference 2016: May 17 – 19, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Water Summit of the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group: May 27, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea

Rotary International Convention: May 29 – June 1, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea

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

Cracking the Nut Health Conference: July 18 – 19, 2016 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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

6th Annual Water and Health Conference: October 10 -14, 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 emailing



Below are links to recent academic publications and articles that may be of interest:

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