Household Water Newsletter, Issue 40

August 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well! Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. Some highlights of this month’s issue include:

  • World Water Week in Stockholm is less than 2 weeks away and there are a number of interesting events being convened by Network members
  • The Annual Meeting of the HWTS Network will take place at the Water and Health Conference in October
  • Dates for upcoming newsletters are listed below along with deadlines for submissions

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:

Best regards,

Edema Ojomo
Post-doctoral Fellow
The Water Institute at UNC



HWTS Network Annual Meeting

The Network annual meeting will take place at the 2016 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. The meeting will take place on Monday, October 10th.  Details on the meeting are being finalized. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

HWT Scheme side event

A side event on the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies will take place Water and Health Conference on Tuesday, 11 October. The session seeks to share experiences and challenges on HWT performance evaluation and discuss potential solutions. Further details on the session will be provided in due course.

Submit input for CAWST’s HWTS materials

CAWST is updating its Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) workshop and supporting materials. These materials (found here) include:
• HWTS Manual
• Trainer Manual with participatory lesson plans agendas for different audiences
• Technical briefs, case studies, and fact sheets on a variety of HWTS topics
We would love to hear from you: How do you use these materials? What you would like to see added or revised? Please contact Naomi Mahaffy ( to provide input.

Call for comments and questions on packed particle bed filters

Please take a look at the following links for coming attractions and work related to community-sized ceramic water filters of packed particle beds – PPBs.:
Giant PPB flier, handed out in Nairobi:
PPB systems, with background.pptx’ :

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Reid Harvey at

Call for proposals

There is a call for proposals for a conference sponsored by the Global Research Institute titled Environmental Change, Agricultural Sustainability, and Economic Development in the Lower Mekong Basin. Deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2016. The conference will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and runs from March 16-March 18, 2017. Additional information on the conference can be found here.

Newsletter release dates

Newsletters will be sent out every six weeks starting with this issue. I will send out urgent information in between newsletters, when necessary, to make sure the Network is up-to-date on relevant information. Submissions for the newsletter will be accepted up to one week before the issue release date to ensure content is reviewed prior to release. Network release dates and submission deadlines for that particular issue are below. An issue may be released a few days before the Water and Health Conference (October 10-14, 2016) if there is information about the annual meeting that needs to be shared.

Newsletter release date                               Deadline for submission to newsletter

September 26th, 2016                                      September 19th, 2016

November 7th, 2016                                         October 31st, 2016

December 19th, 2016                                       December 12th, 2016

Release dates for 2017 will be sent in the last issue of the year.


Network-related events at World Water Week in Stockholm

We have a number of interesting events run by Network members at World Water Week this year. Information on these events are detailed below. I hope you can attend them.

Accelerating Development by Building a Prosperous Environment for WaSH.

Through a lively interaction session, governments, NGOs, and the private sector will share concrete examples of collaboration that are leading to sustainable water, hygiene, and sanitation solutions to alleviate poverty, build government capacity, and provide a return on business investment. The informational poster for this event can be found here and further details on the event can be found here.

This event is being convened by P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, Grundfos, and World Vision. It will take place at the Aulan Auditorium , Stockholm City Centre on Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. If you have any questions, contact Greg Allgood at

The Business of Sustainable Water & Sanitation for the Poor

Achieving SDG6, universal access to sanitation and water by 2030, requires a business ecosystem in which low-income consumers can purchase aspirational toilet facilities and household water treatment technologies at affordable prices. Technological innovations, local entrepreneurs and powerful partnerships have put this goal within our grasp, how do we overcome barriers and accelerate to scale? Attend this event to hear success stories and be part of an engaging discussion. Further details on the event can be found here.

This event is being convened by Antenna Technologies Foundation, Swiss Water Partnership and Toilet Board Coalition. It will take place at the NL Music Hall on Sunday, 28 August, 2016 from 9:00am to 10:30am. If you have any questions, contact Fanny Boulloud at

Monitoring Safely Managed Drinking-water Services in the 2030 Agenda

This event will describe the proposed methods for data collection, integration and analysis that will be used in establishing baselines and reporting progress on improving drinking-water services through the SDG period. Case studies drawing upon statistical analysis of both survey and regulatory data will be provided. Further details on the event can be found here.

This event is being convened by a host of organizations including UNICEF, WHO, UN-Water, GIZ, and a number of German ministries. It will take place at the NL Music Hall on Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 from 11:00am to 12:30pm.

Developing a certification framework for HWT products in Ghana

A three-day national workshop will be held in Accra, Ghana on 16-18 August, 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to develop a framework for certifying HWT products, and will include officials from regulatory and standards authorities, ministries of health, water and local government, as well as representatives from the private sector and academia. The workshop is part of the capacity building efforts of the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies.

CAWST Training Workshops (North Carolina and Colorado)

Delivering Effective WASH Training: Gain or fine-tune the tools and skills you need to train others on WASH. CAWST will be sharing learnings from our 15 years of experience building capacity in WASH. This workshop will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina from Oct 15-19, 2016 (5 days). More details on the event can be found here.

Environmental Sanitation: Knowledge and skills you need to effectively protect and promote human health and well-being by providing a clean environment and breaking the cycle of disease. Addresses the range of environmental sanitation-related issues that affect health. This workshop will take place in Golden, Colorado from September 27-28, 2016 (2 days). More details on the event can be found here.

Water Safety Plans online course offered by The Water Institute

The Water Institute offers 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 or contact Shannan George at


One Drop, an international non-profit organization, is currently seeking applications for two (2) job openings that will be primarily based in Montreal, Canada. They are recruiting for a:

  • Director of International Programs The Director of International Programs will be responsible for managing all aspect of One Drop’s international programs for access to water and sanitation in developing countries. Details on the organization, job requirements, and job duties and responsibilities can be found here.
  • Legal Counsel position (Permanent, part-time – 3-4 days a week). The Legal Counsel will provide support for all files that are entrusted to the Director. The Legal Counsel will also autonomously carry out and manage a wide array of different files in various areas of law. Details on the job requirements, and job duties and responsibilities can be found here.

The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations that serve the poor in developing countries. These workshops cover a number of themes on WASH, including HWTS. 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 or


The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 gives an overview of where the world stands in relation to the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). This report is based on the proposed global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators. The report can be downloaded as PDF (click here) or read online (click here). The online version allows for data download and for data viewing in multiple formats.

The Sustainable Development Goals 2016 is accompanied by the Global SDG Indicator Database, an interactive database that allows users view country-level and regional and global data aggregates compiled through the United Nations system and other international organizations. The database can be found here.

Papers presented at the 39th WEDC Conference in Kumasi, Ghana are available for download here. There are over 120 conference papers.


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

Water and Health Conference: October 10-14, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

7th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum: November 29 – December 2, 2016 in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire

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

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 Edema Ojomo at

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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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