I hope you are all doing well! Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. We have a lot of announcements for and events in the coming weeks. Some highlights of this month’s issue include:
- The HWTS Network Annual Meeting is in two weeks (Oct. 10th-14th) at the 2016 Water and Health Conference
- There are a number of HWTS-related side events and presentations at the Water and Health Conference
- A Water Safety Plan (WSP) course begins in 1 week
- Follow us on twitter and share your stories with us
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: https://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter-contributions/.
Post-doctoral Research Assistant
The Water Institute at UNC
Household Water Newsletter, Issue 41
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS
HWTS Network Annual Meeting
The 2016 Network annual meeting will take place at the Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. The meeting will take place Monday, October 10th between 8:30am and 12 noon in the Sunflower room at the conference location (The William and Ida Friday Center). The agenda for the meeting is being finalized and will be shared with the Network once it is ready. We are rounding up Phase II of the Network strategy and will be discussing activities for Phase III at the meeting. We hope to see you at the meeting to get your input on this next Phase. If you plan to attend the meeting and/or have any questions about the meeting, please contact Edema Ojomo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Water and Health Conference
The 2016 Water and Health Conference will take place from October 10th, 2016 through October 14th, 2016. The conference will take place at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Registration for the conference is still open and interested participants can register for whole conference or for parts of the conference. Side events schedule and information can be found here. Verbal presentation schedule and information can be found here. Poster presentation schedule and information can be found here. Additional information about the conference can be found here.
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, World Vision and WHO. Registration is currently open and registration information can be found here. Exhibition spaces to showcase ideas are still available and information on registering for an exhibition booth and to learn more about exhibitions 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.
Start of local production of table top water filters in Africa
At the Stockholm Water Week, one of the news items in the session on safe water was that high quality Table top filters are now also produced in East Africa. After production of ceramic pot filters in countries like Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania, there is now also a Tulip table top filter model is now produced in Africa. This filter model consist of a filter element of diatomaceaous earth, activated carbon and silver treatment. The local production of the plastic containers reduces the cost of transport and import and creates local jobs. The filter reduces over 99.5% of all bacteria and has retail prices of 16 to 20US$. This approach is started by the social enterprise Basic Water Needs, who plans to also support local production in Tanzania and Ethiopia and, later on, countries in Asia.
Please contact Henk Holtslag for more information at email@example.com.
Safe Water & AIDS Project on global giving
Sondu water kiosk is a safe water enterprise situated in rural Western Kenya where there is high burden of disease and poor water and sanitation infrastructure. Safe Water & AIDS Project in partnership with Siemens Stiftung & Sky Juice Foundation established a SkyHydrant™ filtration unit to provide safe drinking water sold to communities. The water kiosk is functional but incomplete and needs financial support. More information on the project and on the project’s global giving initiative can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Alie Eleveld at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex Mwaki at email@example.com.
Call for comments and questions on packed particle bed filters
Information on production of ceramic filters of packed particle beds (PPBs) is readily available. For the last year or two, here at the New York State College of Ceramics, Department of Ceramic Engineering, optimizing the PPB filter media for percentage effectiveness (between log 3 and log 5), has been a collaborative effort. Please have a look at the links below.
Description of key considerations for production of ceramic filters of PPBs – information found here
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Reid Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HWTS Network on Twitter
Share your news, stories, events, and job opportunities with us on twitter. Our twitter username is @household_water. We look forward to hearing from you, learning more about what you’re doing and what’s going on, and sharing stories with you!
WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS
Water Safety Plans online course offered by The Water Institute
The Water Institute has developed a 10 week online learning course on Water Safety Plans (WSPs) aimed at those in the water industry with management, engineering, or operational responsibilities. The course will begin October 3rd, 2016. Water Safety Plans represent a new approach to managing risks of water system failure that was developed by the World Health Organization and field-tested in the UK, Australia, Iceland, Nepal, and Uganda. This Distance Learning Program offers:
- Skill and capacity building in global best practice to ensure consistent safety and acceptability of drinking-water through WSPs
- Flexibility to study from your own computer while on the job, so you can learn and apply WSP principles and practices where you work
- Professional recognition of enhanced expertise
Throughout the course, key content is presented through problem-solving scenarios and case study examples. A series of modules synthesizes cumulative knowledge from the lessons and illustrates experiences gained in real-world WSPs. A highlight of the course is the ability for participants to work asynchronously but interact through a discussion forum. Registration for this course is now open. For more information please visit http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/learning/water-safety-plans/ or contact Shannan George at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Scaling up Safe Water: Disinfection at the Point of Collection
This side event is being convened by Stanford University, Medentech, Safe Water Network, and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation at the Water and Health Conference on Thursday, October 13th in Mountain Laurel Room at 8:30am. This session will present an alternative paradigm for water treatment in low-income areas, termed “point-of-collection” (POC) disinfection. Panelists will present experience with POC implementation in several developing countries, and discuss the conditions under which it is most likely to be effective and sustainable. More information on the session can be found here.
HWTS-related events at the 2016 Water and Health Conference
There are a number of HWTS-related events taking place at the Water and Health Conference this year. Many other events related to water safety are planned for the conference (please see information on side events, verbal presentations, and poster presentations above) but I have listed below only those that are specifically about HWTS.
Monday, October 10th:
Annual meeting of the WHO/UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage, convened by WHO, UNICEF, and The Water Institute at UNC
There are presentations from 2:30-5:00pm on chlorination and water treatment
Tuesday, October 11th:
WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies: Applying lessons learned from the laboratory to the field, convened by the WHO
Thursday, October 13th:
Monitoring and Evaluation of Biosand Filter Construction and Implementation Programs, convened by Lehigh University, CAWST, Pure Water for the World, and Samaritan’s Purse
There are presentations from 4:00-5:00pm on filtration
Friday, October 14th:
Ceramic Pot Filters: Current research, future directions and defining next steps, convened by Ceramics Manufacturing Working Group and Tufts University
A Shared Agenda for Monitoring
There will be three side event sessions at the Water and Health Conference (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) to outline the need for and requirements of a shared agenda for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL). In light of ambitious objectives for Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) service delivery, there is a need to progressively improve the quality, sustainability, and service level of WaSH programs. In order to facilitate and track these improvements, WaSH implementers at multiple levels, including governments, NGOs, international aid and monitoring agencies, and others are increasingly prioritizing MEL as a means of improving program outcomes. However, little coherence exists in the methods, approaches, and objectives of many MEL activities, and common best practices for how to collect, share, and use MEL data for improvement are lacking. There is growing interest in a shared agenda for high-quality MEL in the WaSH sector that would enable implementers to drive targeted program improvements while rigorously tracking the individual and collective impact of WaSH implementers at the sub-national, national, and international levels. During these sessions, we will begin the process for charting an inclusive path forward for such a shared agenda.
Delivering Effective WASH Training by Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology and hosted by Wine to Water
Gain or fine-tune the tools and skills you need to train others on WASH. CAWST will be sharing learnings from our 15 years of experience building capacity in WASH. The training workshop will take place from October 15th through October 19th, 2016 (5 days) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. More information on the workshop 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.
WORK AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Research Associate in Sanitation and Water at Water Engineering and Development Centre
Fixed-term for 18 months
A good opportunity to undertake innovative research on sanitation and water in developing countries at the internationally renown WEDC (Water Engineering and Development Centre). The role will include: supporting and managing assessments and research on the sustainability aspects of the DFID funded South Asia rural WASH results project. Other work will include research on improving water security for the poor in slums.
A good master’s degree in water and sanitation or related subject is essential, as are excellent communication and analytical skills, the ability to carry out research, write reports and a willingness to travel. Practical experience of work on projects or related research in developing countries would be highly advantageous, as well as working as part of a team.
Informal enquiries should be made to Kevin Sansom at WEDC – K.R.Sansom@lboro.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 (0)1509 222885 or 222617.
Application closing date: 13 October 2016
Expression of interest sought: WASH monitoring in Africa
The WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation and the WHO-led UN-Water GLAAS initiative is seeking a consultant to provide technical assistance on monitoring activities to the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), based in Abuja, Nigeria. Details of the assigned duties are attached. Applications should be submitted by 7 October 2016 to email@example.com and should include: i) a CV; ii) a letter of interest outlining experience and skills and how these are relevant to the position (with daily rates/costing); and iii) if available, a few examples of your relevant publications, articles or reports.
Expression of interest sought: WASH and Cholera/ Emergencies
WHO is seeking expressions of interest for a part-time consultant (up to 50%) to support WASH activities in the context of cholera prevention and control as well as more generally in emergencies from late October 2016-October 2017. The consultant will lead the development of technical WASH and cholera/emergencies tools and contribute to the WASH Working Group of the WHO Global Task Force on Cholera Control. The professional will be expected to undertake field missions in cholera outbreak settings as well as remote technical assistance. The candidate must have a relevant degree (e.g. environmental engineering/sciences or public health), at least 7 years of work experience, including several years working in low-resource settings and in cholera hotspots. Applications should be submitted by 7 October 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org. and should include i) a CV; ii) a letter of interest outlining experience and skills and how these are relevant to the position (with daily rates/costing).
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Water Association Manual on Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation for Practitioners
The International Water Association has published its Manual on the Human Rights to Drinking Water and Sanitation for Practitioners. The free downloadable version can be found here. The abstract can be found here.
The Manual provides guidance to operators and regulators on engaging in policy formulation and legislative dialogues, on institutional reform and arrangements, and on incorporating human rights considerations into utilities’ and regulators’ essential functions.
IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition: October 9 – 14, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia
Water and Health Conference: October 10-14, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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 email@example.com.
NEWSLETTER RELEASE DATES
Newsletters will be sent out every six weeks starting with this issue. I will send out urgent information in between newsletters, when necessary, to make sure the Network is up-to-date on relevant information. Submissions for the newsletter will be accepted up to one week before the issue release date to ensure content is reviewed prior to release. Network release dates and submission deadlines for that particular issue are below.
Newsletter release date Deadline for submission to newsletter
November 7th, 2016 October 31st, 2016
December 19th, 2016 December 12th, 2016
Release dates for 2017 will be sent in the last issue of the year.
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