Household Water Newsletter, Issue 44

Dear Colleagues,


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


  • Abstract and side event submissions for a number of conferences are due in March
  • Updates to the fourth edition of WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality are available


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 44

March/April 2017


Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities


Event Calendar



Request for insight on a water quality and behavioural change intervention in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon

Researchers and consultants at the Institute of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito are currently designing a project to evaluate behavioural change in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon after disclosure of drinking-water quality. Water quality analyses in 60 communities in this region shows a larger burden of biological pollution rather than oil-related contaminants. Based on this information, the team is developing a information campaigns and training strategies for promoting behavior change in WaSH practices, particularly a shift from contaminated water sources to safer sources, boiling water, and other safe water practices. Specifically, the team is seeking advice on these issues: 1) What are the cultural, social and psychological factors that should be factored into the design of the intervention? 2) How should these factors be addressed during the intervention? and 3) What behavioural outcomes should we expect from the intervention?

If you have experience working in this region and/or have been involved in the design and implementation of behavioural change interventions using informational programs about water quality, the team would appreciate your input. Please contact Jose Cisneros at, Evelyne Blondeel at, and/or Carlos Mena for more information or to discuss further.


Side event submissions for 2017 WEDC Conference

The 40th Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) conference will take place from 24th-28th July, 2017 in Loughborough University, United Kingdom. Side events are 1.5 hour slots in the programme. Organizations share results from programmes or projects, introduce new approaches, or consult with the conference audience on emerging topics in the sector. Side events will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The deadline for submission of proposal forms for side events is Friday, March 3rd, 2017. Information for side event proposal submissions can be found here.


Submission for capacity development workshops at the 2017 WEDC Conference

Days four and five of the WEDC Conference (27th and 28th, July 2017) are specifically reserved for capacity development workshops. These workshops are either half-day or full-day sessions. Those involved in the development of capacity in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) sector are invited to deliver high quality workshops at the conference. Conference attendees can sign up to workshops that are of particular interest to them. Applications for workshop delivery should be submitted by Friday, March 24th, 2017. Information on application submissions can be found here.


Abstract submissions open for the 4th Water Research Conference

The 4th Water Research Conference, hosted by Elsevier in collaboration with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo will take place from 10th-13th September, 2017. Abstract submissions for this conference are now open. The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, March 10th, 2017. The Conference will be held in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The 13th International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC) will be hosted as part of the 4th Water Research Conference. Submissions for IWREC abstracts should be marked as “IWREC Contribution.” Abstract submissions and registration information can be found here.


Abstract submissions open for the 2017 University of Oklahoma (OU) International WaTER Conference

The 2017 OU International WaTER Conference will take place in Norman, Oklahoma, USA from 18th-20th September, 2017. The theme of the conference is “A decade of progress – a vision for the future” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the WaTER Conference/Water Prize cycles. Abstract submissions for this conference are now open. The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, March 17th, 2017. Abstract submissions and registration 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 focus, providing a rare opportunity to learn through both theoretical and hands-on practical sessions. The next training will take place from 13th-18th March, 2017 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. 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.




REACH programme Research Manager

The Research Manager will support the REACH observatory ‘Building water secure institutions’ in Kitui County, Kenya. The research manager will be an early to mid-career professional with applied field experience in developing countries who can demonstrate leadership and a track record of achieving results in Africa, ideally in Kenya. The role will involve extended periods in rural Kenya (6-9 months per year). Deadline for applications is March 8th, 2017. More information on this job can be found here.


REACH Programme Manager

The REACH programme is seeking a Programme Manager to manage the project delivery, report regularly on progress against milestones and budget through the production of status reports to the Programme Executive Committee and DFID. Key to this position is developing and maintaining a constructive relationship with DFID and the consortium partners to ensure that all requirements are delivered on time and with value for money. Applicants must have outstanding financial management skills with experience of managing significant programme budgets to demanding deadlines. Experience of managing a team is a must. Deadline for applications is March 9th, 2017. More information on this job 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




Publication of the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, fourth edition incorporating the first addendum.

WHO’s Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality (GDWQ) provide an international reference point for the setting of national or regional regulations and standards for drinking-water quality to protect public health. This first addendum updates the fourth edition of the GDWQ to reflect new evidence and provide additional explanations to support better understanding and application of the guidance.

For more information, click here.


Publication of water quality and health: review of turbidity

Intended for regulators and operators of drinking-water supplies, this technical brief provides information on the uses and significance of turbidity in source water and drinking-water. Information is provided on the implications of turbidity for water safety at each step of the water supply chain, alongside practical guidance on the measurement and monitoring of turbidity in source and drinking-waters.

For more information, click here.


Publication of chemical background documents for the development of the Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality

WHO has recently published new or revised background documents for selected chemical hazards in drinking-water, which informed the development of the recently published first addendum to the fourth edition of the WHO’s GDWQ. These chemicals include (click on the hyperlink for more information): barium; bentazone; chlorine dioxide, chlorate and chlorite; dichlorvos; dicofol; diquat; lead; MCPA; nitrate and nitrite; and perchlorate.

For further guidance on chemical hazards in drinking-water, click here.




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

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

40th WEDC Conference: 24th July to 28th July, 2017 in Loughborough University, United Kingdom

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.

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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