Household Water Newsletter, Issue 43

Dear Colleagues,


Happy New Year! Hope you are had a wonderful holiday season. Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. Some highlights of this month’s issue include:


  • 2016 HWTS Network annual meeting report is available
  • Abstract submission deadline for World Water Week is January 22nd, 2017
  • Two additional calls for the Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge have launched


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:


I look forward to working with you in this new year.


Best wishes for a wonderful year,


Edema Ojomo

Post-doctoral Research Associate

The Water Institute at UNC


Household Water Newsletter, Issue 43

January 2017

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities


Event Calendar



Request for collaboration and support to Develop and implement

There is great need to begin to monitor and test groundwater that supplies boreholes so as to identify pathogens and prevent endemic and epidemic infections in Nigeria due to borehole proliferation. It is in this context, that we seek your collaboration and support to develop and implement a project that will monitor and test groundwater emanating from boreholes so as to identify pathogens and prevent endemic and epidemic infections in Nigeria. Please contact Anthony Akpan at for more information.


Abstract submissions open for 2017 Water Microbiology Conference

The 19th International Symposium on Health-Related Water Microbiology is organized by the International Water Society (IWA) Specialist Group on Health-Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) biennially. In 2017, the Symposium will run concurrently with the UNC annual Water Microbiology Conference to create a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health to come together around the intersection of the two. The Conference will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from May 15th through May 19th, 2017. Abstract submission and registration information can be found here.


Abstract submissions for 2017 World Water Week

World Water Week welcomes abstracts from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work and research at the seminars during the World Water Week in Stockholm. Abstracts can be submitted for oral presentations or poster presentations in one of the seminars. Abstracts must be submitted through our online submission system to be considered. Additional information can be found here.


Pan-European Symposium on Water and Sanitation safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events: Call for Abstracts (deadline 22 January 2017)

Extreme weather events, causing floods and droughts, can have major implications for the performance of water and wastewater infrastructure and services. The 2017 6-7th April pan-European Symposium Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will provide a platform for researchers, regulators, utility operators, and civil society organizations to exchange findings, concepts and experiences with regard to climate-change induced effects on drinking water supply and sanitation systems. The symposium will have special focus on cases from the pan-European region, though presentations from throughout the world are welcomed. The symposium is one of the first activities of the newly adopted 2017-2019 Programme of Work of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health. Further information including topics for abstract submission can be found here.


Help prevent cholera in Haiti with Solvatten

Cholera is spreading in the wake of devastating Hurricane Mat­thew. Children are most vulner­able to this life-threatening dis­ease, but cholera can easily be stopped with clean water and improved hygiene at home. We are fundraising to ship and dis­tribute ‘Solvatten’, a portable, safe/hot water system powered by sunlight. It is an award win­ning solution proven to protect families from cholera and other poverty-related diseases. The more we can raise today, the more families will get access to Solvatten and a better life for many years to come. To donate, please follow the link below. For more information, contact


Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge: Put your filter to the test

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is looking for household water filters that are ready to be field tested in humanitarian emergency contexts. All relevant entries for this Call will be included in a publicly available online catalogue of existing household water filters. Of these, up to five filters will be selected to be field tested in up to three different humanitarian emergency settings. The outcomes of the field testing will be included in a comparative review published by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. This will publicly acknowledge the merits and performance of the filters across different humanitarian emergency settings. Deadline for Expression of Interest is February 17th, 2017. Eligibility details and additional information can be found here.


HWTS Network on Twitter

Share your news, stories, events, and job opportunities with us on twitter. Our twitter username is @household_water. To avoid spamming your email with multiple emails every week, we will post urgent information on twitter. So, check in periodically with us on twitter for latest news, job opportunities, and requests for proposals. We look forward to hearing from you, learning more about what you’re doing and what’s going on, and sharing stories with you!




Technical Training in Water Infrastructure

The BushProof Technical Training in Water Infrastructure is a broad, intense 6-day course with a heavy practical bias, providing a rare opportunity to learn through both theoretical and hands-on practical sessions. The training is invaluable to both those who need more technical input for their work, as well as for those in management who find they have become more and more involved in water and/or sanitation programmes, but lack the basic technical and theoretical background. The course information and curriculum along with the application form can be found here.


Training by the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

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.



Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge: Developing the Next Generation

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is looking to support innovative ideas for emergency household water filters. Specifically, HIF is looking for people or organizations working on early stage household water filters or looking to adapt existing filters for humanitarian emergency contexts. Up to 3 proposals will be selected. They will each receive funding up to £50,000 to support their research and development activities. Selected proposals will also receive feedback and mentorship from the HIF and members of HIF’s WaSH Technical Working Group. Deadline for Expression of Interest is February 17th, 2017. Eligibility details and additional information can be found here.


Hiring Supply Chain Engineer for water filters

Rorus is a startup company making usable household water filters for humanitarian relief and long-term development. We’re hiring a Supply Chain Engineer in Austin, TX to establish sourcing and manufacturing for new product lines and to manage the provision of products for our nonprofit customers. The application will be posted in January at


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




2016 HWTS Network Annual Meeting Report

The 2016 HWTS Network annual meeting took place October 10th, 2017. Meeting participants discussed future strategies for the Network and past activities of the Network. Information on presentations and panel discussions are detailed in the meeting report. The report is attached.




9th Annual Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) World Water Summit: 9th June, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

UNC Water Microbiology Conference: 15th May – 19th May, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

2017 World Water Week: 27th August – 1st September, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

Water and Health Conference: 16th October – 20th October, 2017 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


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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