Household Water Newsletter, Issue 51

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 51
November 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are all doing well.

Thank you to those of you who participated in the recent UNC Water & Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Our HWTS Network Annual Meeting: Advancing Water Safety to the Last Mile on October 29, 2018 was highly interesting, about 60 network members joined, and WHO, UNICEF, CAWST, Clean Water for Haiti and Antenna Technologies shared updates and lessons learned. We will shortly share more information and the presentations and notes of this meeting.

Thank you to all of you who submitted announcements, requests and publications for this November issue of our HWTS newsletter.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to share something with the Network. As usual, we welcome materials 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 announce 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
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Household Water Newsletter, Issue 51
November 2018

Announcements & Requests

Request for Funding: Bringing WASH to marginalized communities in Uganda
The indigenous Uganda-based NGO Union of Community Development Volunteers (UCDV) seeks funders for the implementation of their planned project “Bringing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all to marginalized communities in Bukomansimbi District in Uganda”. Please find the project proposal attached to this newsletter and feel free to reach out to Eddie Mutebi, the Executive Director of Union of Community Development Volunteers at

Safe Drinking Water Management in Rural Environments
The Rajputana Society of Natural History with the support of Habitat for Humanity India has distributed Waterwheels for the collection and safe storage of drinking water in the rural areas of the dark zone region of Bharatpur & Dholpur. Bharatpur region was once used to be flood-prone but lost its relevance with the mismanaged development activities affecting the water pattern of the region. Such interventions have the potential to make rural women water literate, and protect, conserve and harvest water.

Kiwa Water Research (KWR) tested Microbiological Inactivation by Small Chlorinator
Recently KWR tested the microbiological inactivation by the Sensiblue. The Sensiblue is a small device for households, boats, etc. for flows between 3 and 15 l/min. It is an ideal solution for the safe storage of drinking water. The Sensiblue, installed in a water line, will produce its own electricity for the salt electrolysis process and makes the device perfectly suitable for remote areas and social aid projects where electricity is not available or unreliable. The quantity of free chlorine is controlled at  0.3 mg/l, which excludes the risk of overdosage. The test proves a log 5 removal for E-coli after 15 min. and a log 3.6 removal for F-specific RNA bacteriophages after 60 min. The Sensiblue has been developed by Jan Tholen and now over a thousand units are sold in Europe. KWR is looking for partners for further implementations. More information, including the test report are available here and from Jan Tholen at

Request of Information on HWTS in Nigeria
We request all network members who work on or know about recent research on HWTS in Nigeria, more specifically on: i) the impact of contaminated water storage facilities in Nigeria, ii) the level of WaSH awareness in Nigeria and iii) the situation of water storage facilities in Nigeria to share this information with Emile Osiri, the Founder of Vanilla Tank Wash at

Managing a Social Entrepreneur Water Business Model for Aquatabs Flo
Now in partnership with Impact Water, the innovative point of collection system Aquatabs Flo, has been installed in over 5,000 schools in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. This low cost, suitable for home water tanks, community storage containers for shared water points, schools, medical centers, water kiosks, etc. For more information find a flyer attached or reach out to Kevin O’Callaghan at

HWTS Network on Twitter
We are intensifying our HWTS twitter activities and sharing 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!

Work & Funding Opportunities

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


Using irrigation to kick-start multiple-use water services for small-scale farmers in Malawi: a case study of the Nkhata Bay district
This case study by Stedman et al. focuses on rural irrigation systems, evaluating system usage, profiles of the irrigators, and barriers to irrigation to identify opportunities to kick-start multiple-use water services (MUS) using existing organizational structures. The study found that there are already systems in place for cooperation, with both the government and communities each contributing to long-term sustainability. Basic MUS could advance the water–energy–food–health nexus and build more resilient communities. The article can be found here.

Improving Monitoring and Water Point Functionality in Rural Ethiopia
This study by Anthonj et al. examines the patterns, trends, and factors associated with functional community water points in rural Ethiopia, and it identifies potential areas of improvement in terms of practitioner response to functionality monitoring. It shows that taking community leaders’ ‘priority lists’ into consideration offers sustainable opportunities for demand-driven, adaptive and targeted design and implementation of rural water supply programs. Interventions should integrate the ‘voice’ of the community, the WaSH committees, and other stakeholders and thereby facilitate transdisciplinary approaches at different stages of program management (planning, monitoring, and evaluation). This would help closing the knowledge-to-action gap and improve policy, programming, practice, and service delivery. The article can be found here.

The Next Drinking Water Contamination Issue?
Every time water goes down the drain, whether to a sewer, a septic system, a storm drain, or wherever, it carries contaminants with it, which usually end up in someone’s drinking water. Included are unmetabolized pharmaceuticals, chemicals and particles from hand and face washing, bathing, laundry, the toilet –  from virtually any and all human activity. The contaminants are in tiny concentrations, but come from many thousands of sources. As our use of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) increases, our drinking water is becoming more contaminated. Peter S. Cartwright’s white papers (paper #1 and paper #2) address the sources of water contaminants and particulate pollutants, their possible health effects, and offers guidance for consumers.

Event Calendar

For 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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