Household Water Newsletter, Issue 42

Dear Colleagues,


I hope you are all doing well! Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. This will be the last newsletter of the year. Please find below information on changes to the frequency of the newsletter beginning in 2017. Some highlights of this month’s issue include:


  • Upcoming webinar on the next Phase of the HWTS Network and HWTS in the context of the SDGs
  • Rural Water Supply Network Forum begins in a couple of weeks (Nov. 29th)
  • Newsletter schedule for 2017


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 Research Associate

The Water Institute at UNC


Household Water Newsletter, Issue 42

November 2016

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities


Event Calendar

Newsletter Release Dates



Webinar on HWTS in the context of the SDGs

In December, there will be a webinar highlighting discussions that took place during the 2016 Network annual meeting and sharing information with Network members on the role the Network can play in broader water safety context. Plans for the next phase of the network will be presented as well as ideas for contributions to the SDG targets for drinking-water by the Network. Registration information for the webinar will be provided in a separate message to the Network in the coming weeks.


7th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum

The 7th RWSN Forum will take place in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire from November 29th, 2016 through December 2nd, 2016. Water quality and water treatment will be a key rural water supply topic with presentations, posters and events from many active HWTS members, including Antenna Technologies, Evidence Action, Eawag, SMART Centre group, UNICEF, World Vision and WHO. Registration is currently open and registration information can be found here. Information on registering for an exhibition booth can be found here. This is a global event that only happens every five years; it will be in English and French, with limited support for Spanish. Click here for more information on the forum.

The HTWS Network will be hosting an informal gathering to discuss the new strategic directions of the network at UNICEF booth at 12:30pm on Thursday, December 1st. Please RSVP if you plan to attend (Fiorella Polo at or Inid Spahiu at Also, if you would like to distribute HTWS Network fliers at your booth or event, please let us know. The fliers will be available at UNICEF and WHO stands.

Share your stories and photos with Medentech for the 10 billion litres challenge

A message from Medentech: “Thanks to you and your hard work, Medentech is approaching an important milestone.  In 2016 alone, Medentech expects to distribute enough Aquatabs to treat over 10 billion litres of water in one year (More than enough water for over 360,000 families of five to treat their water for one whole year)!
To celebrate this accomplishment and to thank YOU, Medentech’s partners, for your hard work over the years, we are hosting a photo contest where we will be giving away ONE MILLION AQUATABS to the winner!

The rules are simple. Post a photo on your Facebook or Twitter account of Aquatabs being used in the field between October 10 and December 10 2016 and include the hashtag #10BillionLitres. Information on the challenge can be found here. We look forward to hearing your stories!”


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 our 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.


Global Handwashing Day (GHD) commemoration at the Nadowli Market Square, Wa, Upper West Region

The Global Handwashing Day which falls each year on the 15th October was marked today at the Nadowli Market Square, Wa, Upper West Region of Ghana. It was themed “Make Handwashing a Habit”. The day itself is a Global Advocacy Day to deepen the awareness and significance of Handwashing with soap. Activities carried out for the commemoration of the day included ceremonial handwashing by dignitaries at the ceremonial grounds, Nadowli Market Square and distribution of soap to highlight the need of handwashing to 3  communities, Yisiiri, Kaselgra and Kpazie. Stories on the events that took place can be found here.


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.


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!



WaSH courses at Mzuzu University, Malawi

The following courses will be health at Mzuzu University. If you have questions about this course, please contact Rochelle Holm at

Constructing safe and sustainable groundwater wells

January 12th and 13th, 2017 (2 full days)

Water well construction is not for amateurs. The focus of the workshop will be minimum requirements for basic protection of the groundwater resource and for the health and safety of those that develop and use the resource. These guidelines are intended to address basic water supply well construction, pumping equipment, and maintenance issues. Water supply wells include wells designed for domestic, municipal, community, industrial, commercial, irrigation and/or livestock water supply use in addition to aquifer storage (injection) and recovery wells. The course will cover both practical and theoretical skills and concepts.

Agricultural adaptations for climate change: rain water harvesting and irrigation water management approaches

January 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2017 (5 full days)

Water for irrigation is increasingly becoming limited owing to increased demand from other uses such as domestic water, industries and the environment. If well managed, more irrigation water could be made available to facilitate the expansion of irrigated lands. Farmers, agricultural extension officers and irrigation officers need to be aware of irrigation water productivity and how increased yields can be achieved with less irrigation water. As well, rain fed crop production is critically important to food security and rural livelihoods in Malawi. However, rain fed crop production is constrained especially in areas characterized by unpredictable rainfalls. The challenge is to explore rain fed crop production system copping strategies to intense rainfalls of short duration associated with long periods of dry spells. Rain water harvesting provides an opportunity to increase resilience of rain fed crop production systems existing in climatic hostile environments. This short course is aimed at training participants on appropriate selection, design and management of agricultural adaptations for climate change harvesting systems to enhance crop production. The target group for this short course includes, but is not limited to: Irrigation officers, farmers and agricultural personnel implementing irrigation projects across the country.


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

To help address some of the limitations surrounding the effective use of household water treatments in emergency situations, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is launching calls for partners, manufacturers, and researchers. Deadline for application for one call has passed but there are still two calls (Put your filter to the test AND Apply for an innovation grant) set to open in November. Information on this challenge can be found here. Check periodically for the launch of the remaining calls. We will also post updates on twitter when the calls are open.

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



Technical Brief: Water Safety Plans and HWTS

This new Technical Brief introduces the importance of water safety planning for small communities. It describes the benefits of including household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) in a water safety plan (WSP), and explains how the WSP approach can improve HWTS implementation. It also provides an overview of the six water safety planning tasks for small communities, with considerations for integrating HWTS throughout the tasks. The brief can be found here.

Reinventing the Biosand Filter: An Easy Solution for Safe Drinking Water

Biosand filter is a sustainable and proven household drinking water purification method to address biological contamination, the leading cause of waterborne disease and death in the developing world through a combination of biological and physical processes significantly.  It removes coli-forms from water up to 98.5%. Conventional biosand filters are made of pre-cast cement concrete are prone to breakage, low quality and rate of production, inconsistent quality, and difficulty in transportation to remote villages on rural roads and undulating hilly tracks because of heavy weight (the empty cell being of 75 Kg weight). Quality issues are due to variations in quality of construction materials, and manufacturing faults. Cement cells are also prone to erosion due to salts present in water. New model of  Biosand filter called ‘JalKalp‘ innovated by Lalit Mohan Sharma overcomes these issues, in addition it removes coliform 100%. A detailed article is available at here.

Broken Pumps and Promises: Incentivizing Impact in Environmental Health

This volume highlights some of the challenges in delivering effective environmental health interventions, and presents examples of emergent theories and case studies that can help close the gap between intent and impact. These include impact crediting systems, objective evidence gathering tools, and social businesses that service environmental health. The case studies presented cross disciplines, scales, organizational and national boundaries and can defy easy categorization. A water project may be designed for a health impact, but financed with a climate change tool, and leverage high tech cell phone sensors. A cookstove program may be primarily concerned with employment and capacity building, but balance environmental and health concerns. The online version of the book can be found here.



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



This will be the last newsletter of the year. Beginning in 2017, newsletters will be sent out the 1st day of every other month starting in January. The change to bi-monthly newsletters ensures sufficient content for each newsletter and minimizes confusion about newsletter release dates and deadlines for newsletter submissions.


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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