Household Water Newsletter, Issue 39

July 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well! There are a number of exciting events taking place this month and I hope you have the opportunity to be a part of some or all of them.

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

  • The WEDC Conference is in a few days and there will be some HWTS-related side events and talks
  • Singapore International Water Week starts in a few days.
  • Registration is open for a Water Safety Plans online course being offered by the Water Institute

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to share something with the network. We welcome material such as recent publications, presentations, events, resources, calls for papers/proposals, etc. If you are seeking assistance with your program planning, you are also welcome to put a request out to the community. Or you may be a researcher and would like to share your research question with others or seek input or contacts for your work.

You may review the guidelines and submit your contribution here: https://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter-contributions/.

Best regards,

Edema Ojomo
Post-doctoral Fellow
The Water Institute at UNC

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

Emergency chlorination in refugee camps (Mini-title)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) published a poster on emergency chlorination in refugee camps for the MSF Scientific Days conference, Evidence-based guidelines for water treatment in humanitarian operations. Emergency chlorination guidelines used by MSF stipulate what free residual chlorine levels should be at tapstands to protect water from microbiological contamination. The authors of this poster recognize that these guidelines are not based on field evidence and may not adequately protect water supplies in refugee camps; they show that the guidelines are only applicable to camps in cool and clean locations. The poster is available here: http://f1000research.com/posters/5-831.

Call for input from Rorus Inc.

Call for input. Rorus Inc. is a social enterprise in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, using new nanotechnology and user-centered design to make simple and robust water filters for low-infrastructure settings (demo video). They are progressing towards a filter that will (1) be simple enough for a 5-year-old to use safely, (2) be convenient enough to be used every day, (3) exceed WHO «« (middle tier) performance targets and provide chemical reduction, (4) prevent dangerous overuse by having automatic shutoff, and (5) work fast enough to provide a real-time supply (0.5L / min), reducing the need for careful storage. They are currently piloting filters in rural India and are looking for partnerships in the HWTS community to gather feedback and establish field partners. Please reach out to their founder, Corinne Clinch at cori@rorusinc.com.

Potters for Peace seeking field partners

Potters for Peace promotes the production and use of the ceramic pot water filter, and is currently seeking field partners capable of identifying interested communities and/or funding the establishment of new filter production facilities.  For more information contact Kaira Wagoner, Potters for Peace Filter Project Coordinator, at pottersforpeace@gmail.com.

Seeking partners for project in San Juan del Sur

A brutal two-year-plus drought has dried up most of the hand-dug wells in southwestern Nicaragua, and the Newton-San Juan del Sur Sister City project (https://sanjuandelsursistercityproject.wordpress.com/), which specializes in BioSand Filters, is seeking partners to help drill numerous village-based communal wells. Dr. David Gullette invites ideas from colleagues about the best places to apply for appropriate grants. Please write to: david.gullette@simmons.edu.

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

HWTS event at the WEDC 39th International Conference

WHO will be hosting a side event on the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (the Scheme) at the WEDC conference in Kumasi, Ghana on July 12th, 2016. The session will present the results from this first ever global assessment of household water treatment technologies evaluated under the Scheme, and discuss the application of the results in product selection, including in disease outbreaks and emergencies. Are you going to be at WEDC? Please join us! A draft timetable of the conference can be found here. More information on this event will be found on the timetable.

CAWST workshop at the Compassion Conference

CAWST will be hosting a number of workshops at the Compassion Conference in Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA. The workshops include Introduction to water, sanitation, and hygiene, Introduction to household water treatment and safe storage, Water safety plans, How to change behavior, and Environmental sanitation. The conference will take place from July 13th-July 16th, 2016. Information about the conference and other workshops can be viewed here.

Water Safety Plans online course offered by The Water Institute

The Water Institute has developed a 10 week online learning course on Water Safety Plans (WSPs) aimed at those in the water industry with management, engineering, or operational responsibilities. Water Safety Plans represent a new approach to managing risks of water system failure that was developed by the World Health Organization and field-tested in the UK, Australia, Iceland, Nepal, and Uganda. This Distance Learning Program offers:

  • Skill and capacity building in global best practice to ensure consistent safety and acceptability of drinking-water through WSPs
  • Flexibility to study from your own computer while on the job, so you can learn and apply WSP principles and practices where you work
  • Professional recognition of enhanced expertise

Throughout the course, key content is presented through problem-solving scenarios and case study examples. A series of modules synthesizes cumulative knowledge from the lessons and illustrates experiences gained in real-world WSPs. A highlight of the course is the ability for participants to work asynchronously but interact through a discussion forum. Registration for this course is now open. For more information please visit http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/learning/water-safety-plans/ or contact Shannan George at waterinstituteteaching@unc.edu

EDUCATION, WORK, AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations that serve the poor in developing countries. There usually tend to be a few HWTS-related workshops. Information on training workshops can be found here.

The Waterloo Foundation (TWF) has ongoing funding opportunities for programs related to water, sanitation, and hygiene. TWF aims to support organizations that help low-income communities and promote sustainable solutions. The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene grant falls under their World Development Program. Information on application guidelines can be found here.

For WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies Blog, the Relief Web Jobs site, or Josh’s Water Jobs site. If you wish to share an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network, please tell us by email at ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

EVENT CALENDAR

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

39th WEDC International Conference: July 11-15, 2016 in Kumasi, Ghana

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

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition: October 9 – 14, 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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

PUBLICATIONS

Results of Round 1 of the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies was released earlier this year. This is the first global assessment of household water treatment technology performance and treatment options evaluated included solar disinfection, chemical disinfection, filtration, and ultra-violet treatment. In addition to highlighting performance of different HWT technologies and products, the report recommends national-level actions needed to ensure the realization of health gains from the use of HWT technologies and products. The report can be found here.


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, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

Disclaimer: This publication does not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund. Any mention of specific companies or 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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