Household Water Newsletter, Issue 50

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 50

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are all doing well. Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. There are some exciting news and events coming up, some highlights include:

  • HWTS Network Annual Meeting: Advancing Water Safety to the Last Mile
  • Registration for UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy is open
  • Numerous interesting HWTS-related trainings and workshops

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,

Carmen Anthonj





Household Water Newsletter, Issue 50


September 2018

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities


Event Calendar




HWTS Network Annual Meeting: Advancing Water Safety to the Last Mile in Chapel Hill, USA

The WHO, UNICEF Water institute at UNC and CAWST is hosting the first Annual Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF International HWTS Network: Advancing Water Safety to the Last Mile in Chapel Hill, USA, during the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, October 29th – November 2nd, 2018.

The 2018 Annual Network Meeting provides an opportunity to share the latest in research, implementation and policy on HWTS and water safety. Building on the theme of advancing the SDG water safety agenda, this interactive session will share experience and learnings from the recent regional workshop held in Bogota, Colombia, and how governments in Latin America are advancing water safety in remote rural areas and areas of peri-urban growth. Such learnings help to inform the activities of the Network and highlight entry-points for the Network to contribute to the SDG drinking-water target and to collaborate with other actors. In addition, the session will provide an opportunity to learn and share updates on current activities of the participating organizations/members of the Network, including supporting scale-up and sustained use of HWTS as well as an overview of results of Round II of the WHO HWTS Evaluation Scheme.

Registration for the UNC Water and Health Conference is open and can be found here.


UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy Online Registration

The 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, will take place in Chapel Hill, USA from October 29th through November 2nd, 2018. The conference focuses on measuring progress toward SDG targets, water scarcity, rural water supply, WaSH equity and inclusion and WaSH in emergencies.  Online registration is available here.


Utilities in Ethiopia start selling household water filters

Aqua for All – a Dutch Organization has been implementing a utility led model program for North Western part of Ethiopia for the first time with the ambition of country-wide sells and distribution of HWTS solutions. An article is attached to this newsletter. For more information mail Gashaye Chekol at


Safe drinking water with AquaTab Flo – Scaling up access to safe drinking water in schools and healthcare facilities in Kenya

Aquatabs Flo system was installed in 2,000 Kenyan schools, providing sustainable drinking water for $0.04 per year per child. This system is suitable for medical centres, community water systems and more. Services are scaled up in Nigeria and Kenya with approximately 1,000 new installations per month and rolling out to other countries. For more information find a flyer attached, mail Kevin O’Callaghan at or meet him at the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference.


Hands-on tools and validated solutions for scaling HWTS business approaches. Are you interested in hands-on and easy to use tools to establish, professionalise and grow your safe water business?

Antenna Foundation and its partners recently launched the Safe Water Business Perspective on The platform supports safe water professionals (entrepreneurs, NGOs, governments, and impact investors) in establishing and scaling safe water business approaches focusing on producing and selling household water treatment solutions. We offer validated solutions covered in over 30 thematic factsheets paired with real-life case studies structured and categorized under the business life cycle concept “From Blueprint to Scale”.



VERGNET HYDRO Odial Solutions Group – Mali : Solar power to provide 100,000 rural people with drinking water

Vergnet Hydro Odial Solutions Group works in collaboration with local authorities, governments, international agencies and private individuals and supply manual pumps and drinking water supply systems to rural and isolated environments. They advise NGOs working on emergency, post-emergency and development programmes. Find their recent press release on the provision of drinking water through solar power to 100,000 people in rural Mali attached.


Vision Development Self-Help Group Kenya celebrates World Water Week 2018

To celebrate the World Water Week 2018, a river rehabilitation and conservation project was conducted by the Vision Development Self-Help Group near the Mt. Kenya Water Tower Forest


HWTS Network on Twitter

We are intensifying our HWTS twitter activities and share interesting events, publications, trainings, webinars, infographics, stories, job opportunities and much more every week. We welcome all members’ contributions. Our twitter username is @household_water. We will post urgent information on twitter, so, check in periodically with us on twitter. We look forward to hearing from you, learning more about what you’re doing and what’s going on, and sharing stories with you!



Introducción al tratamiento de agua a nivel domiciliario y su almacenamiento seguro (TANDAS) – Workshops in September and October 2018 in Tunja, Cali, Pasto, Medellin and Santa Marta, Colombia

Household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) is extremely effective at ensuring individuals, families and communities are able to access safe drinking water. It is a critical approach to mitigating unnecessary illness. By the end of this workshop delivered by the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, you will have the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about selecting appropriate HWTS options as well as how to implement and plan HWTS initiatives. Workshops take place from Sept 12th – 14th in Tunja, from Sept 19th – 21st in Cali, from Sept 26th – 28th in Pasto, from Oct 3rd – 5th in Medellin, and from Oct 10th – 12th in Santa Marta, Columbia. More information can be found here.


Community WaSH Promotion for Biosand Filter Implementers – Sept 17th – 20th 2018, Kolkata, India

The Community WASH Promotion workshop delivered by the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology provides participants the necessary skills to effectively deliver and monitor programs at the community level. By the end of this workshop, participants will know how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot specific household water treatment technologies, as well as provide follow-up visits to various households. More information can be found here.


Webinar Water for special use: green is not so green by the Royal Society for Public Health – 19th Sept 2018, London, UK

The webinar by the Royal Society for Public Health puts rainwater harvesting (RWH) – an often proposed solution – in context. Having spoken to several water treatment companies it appears that the UK is littered with switched off RWH systems. In this webinar, speaker Graham Thompson discusses what went wrong. More information can be found here.


Two-week Ceramic Water Filter Course by Potters for Peace and the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation TechnologySept 24th – Oct 5th 2018, Adamah Clay Studios, Dodgeville Wisconsin, USA

The course by Potters for Peace and the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology is designed to train and support existing factory owners, attract and guide new ceramic filter factory startups, promote collaboration and communication between members of the filter community and improve filter quality on a global scale, thus helping to reduce the global burden of diarrheal disease. To register, apply for a scholarship, or learn more visit here.


Global Handwashing Day 2018:  Clean hands- a recipe for health – Oct 15th 2018

Global Handwashing Day is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. This year, the Global Handwashing Day focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition. Learn more about Global Handwashing Day and events, access tools and materials 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



Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage: Measurement and Private Sector Participation

The Government of Ghana (GoG), with support from UNICEF, developed a national strategy document to guide WaSH stakeholders on mainstreaming HWTS awareness in their routine field activities. The GoG and UNICEF, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, assessed HWTS promotional activities, strategies and guidelines, skill capability of HWTS promoters, and private-sector participation in HWTS. This report outlines opportunities for private sector participation in the current country context. The article can be found here.


Pharmaceutical products as emerging contaminant in water: relevance for developing nations and identification of critical compounds for Indian environment

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are contaminants of emerging concern and

have been detected worldwide in water bodies in trace concentrations. Most of these emerging contaminants are not regulated in water quality and research in this direction is at a nascent stage. In this article by Chinnaiyan et al., the relevance of pharmaceutical compound as emerging contaminant in water for a developing country like India is examined by considering the data pertaining to pharmaceutical consumption data. The article can be found here.


Global Handwashing Day: 15th October, 2018, worldwide

Water and Health Conference: 29th October – 2nd November, 2018 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 Carmen Anthonj 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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