Household Water Newsletter, Issue 47

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter.

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Best regards,

Edema Ojomo


Household Water Newsletter, Issue 47

September/October 2017

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities


Event Calendar



2017 HWTS Network Annual Meeting

The Network Annual Meeting will take place on October 16, 2017 at the 2017 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Join us in the Azalea room at 10:30am. The agenda for the meeting is being finalized and will be shared in due course.

WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies

WHO, the ELRHA Humanitarian Innovation Fund and CAWST will be co-convening a side event on October 17, in Azalea Room at 08:30-12:00. The session will bring implementers, humanitarian agencies, HWT manufacturers and researchers to discuss HWT in emergencies, and emerging issues in quality management in HWT products.

Water Quality-related Events at UNC Water and Health Conference

There are a number of HWTS and water quality related events at the UNC Water and Health Conference this year that may be of interest to you. Some include: “Biosand Filter Updates: Implementer Support Tools, Research, and Inquiry” convened by Lehigh University, CAWST, and Pure Water for the World; “Ceramic Pot Filters: Current Research, Future Directions and Defining Next Steps” convened by Ceramics Manufacturing Working Group and Tufts University; and “Can New Technologies Support Water Quality Management in Rural, Low Resource Settings” convened by University of Oxford. Explore the Water and Health Conference page for more events.

Requesting Partnerships to provide HWTS for communities

Early this year, Kenya experienced a drought causing drying of rivers and other surface water sources. In order to mitigate such incidences in future, the members of Vision Development Self Health Group (SHG) have mobilized the community into digging and excavating a permanent water reservoir dam. The dam will also drain (under control) into river Miembano to serve the communities downstream. After this milestone event, this SHG would like to collaborate with other organisations in a view to secure HWTS for all. Please contact for more information.

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!



Aqua for All mini-Conference on Innovative Business Models for Safe Water at Point of Use

On Wednesday, October 11that 13:00-17:00, Aqua for All will organize a mini conference on “Innovative Business Models for Safe Water at Point of Use” in The Hague, Netherlands . Aqua for All will share with the participants, their experiences with the promotion, distribution and sales of different types of Household Water filters through water utilities in Ethiopia.  This is a promising public private partnership model with high scaling potential and participants of the mini conference are invited to give feedback on the experiences shared.  While this model could work for urban areas, Aqua for All also wants to share ideas on a blended business approach for rural areas, making use of farmer associations and/or MFI’s.

Three day workshop for WaSH professionals on HWTS

Sehgal Foundation, in partnership with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), is holding a three-day workshop for WASH professionals and Indian organizations promoting safe drinking water on Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS). The workshop will include sharing updates and best practices on new research and development, sharing challenges of promoting HWTS and exploring strategies overcome these challenges and effectively promote HWTS, and developing a network of HWTS implementerns. The workshop will table place from Nov 29th – Dec 1st, 2017 in Gurugram, Haryana, India.

MOOC “Introduction to HWTS” now constantly online

On June 12, Eawag-Sandec  re-launched the MOOC “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage”. In the course you can learn about the most important household-level water treatment methods, successful implementation strategies, and strategies for monitoring and evaluation. The videos are presented in English with French and Spanish subtitles. To find out more about the course and to register for free, see:

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.



CAWST is hiring: Knowledge and Research Advisor

The Knowledge & Research Advisor is part of CAWST’s Research Learning team. This position uses best practice principles in practical research, knowledge management, and applied science to support WASH practitioners to start, strengthen, and grow their WASH programs. The Knowledge & Research Advisor helps practitioners to identify barriers to program implementation and ways to overcome them. Learn more:

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



Why companies should not sell or give technology intended for individual and household use to NGOs

This article, focused on products that deal with water quality, summarizes some of the reasons we need to ask questions like “is household water treatment a failed strategy?” and “is it a fundamentally bad idea to expect the poorest people in the world to set up a personal water treatment facility in their home?” The article discusses the need to understand and respond to user needs and demands and employ market based approaches to ensure consistent use of HWTS products. The article can be found here.



4th Water Research Conference: 10th September – 13th September, 2017 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

5th Biennial University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference: 18th September – 20th September, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA.

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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