Household Water Newsletter, Issue 41

Dear Colleagues,

 

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/.

 

Best regards,

 

Edema Ojomo

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

The Water Institute at UNC

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 41

September 2016

 

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

Newsletter Release Dates

 

 

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

 

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 henkholtslag49@gmail.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 alie@swapkenya.org or Alex Mwaki at alex@swapkenya.org.

 

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

Photos of 3 inch PVC pipe used for the prototype U-systems and graphic of the inside of the U-system with the granulated ceramic bed measuring approximately 60cm – found here and here

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Reid Harvey at reidharvey7734@gmail.com.

 

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 waterinstituteteaching@unc.edu

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 rochelle@rochelleholm.com.

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:

Side events

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

Verbal presentations

There are presentations from 2:30-5:00pm on chlorination and water treatment

Tuesday, October 11th:

Side events

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:

Side events

Monitoring and Evaluation of Biosand Filter Construction and Implementation Programs, convened by Lehigh University, CAWST, Pure Water for the World, and Samaritan’s Purse

Verbal presentations

There are presentations from 4:00-5:00pm on filtration

Friday, October 14th:

Side events

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 glaas@who.int 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 montgomerym@who.int. 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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

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.

 

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

 

 

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.

 

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

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.

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 43

Dear Colleagues,

 

Happy New Year! Hope you are had a wonderful holiday season. Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. Some highlights of this month’s issue include:

 

  • 2016 HWTS Network annual meeting report is available
  • Abstract submission deadline for World Water Week is January 22nd, 2017
  • Two additional calls for the Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge have launched

 

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/.

 

I look forward to working with you in this new year.

 

Best wishes for a wonderful year,

 

Edema Ojomo

Post-doctoral Research Associate

The Water Institute at UNC

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 43

January 2017

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

Request for collaboration and support to Develop and implement

There is great need to begin to monitor and test groundwater that supplies boreholes so as to identify pathogens and prevent endemic and epidemic infections in Nigeria due to borehole proliferation. It is in this context, that we seek your collaboration and support to develop and implement a project that will monitor and test groundwater emanating from boreholes so as to identify pathogens and prevent endemic and epidemic infections in Nigeria. Please contact Anthony Akpan at ajakpan@yahoo.com for more information.

 

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 the UNC 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.

 

Abstract submissions for 2017 World Water Week

World Water Week welcomes abstracts from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work and research at the seminars during the World Water Week in Stockholm. Abstracts can be submitted for oral presentations or poster presentations in one of the seminars. Abstracts must be submitted through our online submission system to be considered. Additional information can be found here.

 

Pan-European Symposium on Water and Sanitation safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events: Call for Abstracts (deadline 22 January 2017)

Extreme weather events, causing floods and droughts, can have major implications for the performance of water and wastewater infrastructure and services. The 2017 6-7th April pan-European Symposium Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will provide a platform for researchers, regulators, utility operators, and civil society organizations to exchange findings, concepts and experiences with regard to climate-change induced effects on drinking water supply and sanitation systems. The symposium will have special focus on cases from the pan-European region, though presentations from throughout the world are welcomed. The symposium is one of the first activities of the newly adopted 2017-2019 Programme of Work of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health. Further information including topics for abstract submission can be found here.

 

Help prevent cholera in Haiti with Solvatten

Cholera is spreading in the wake of devastating Hurricane Mat­thew. Children are most vulner­able to this life-threatening dis­ease, but cholera can easily be stopped with clean water and improved hygiene at home. We are fundraising to ship and dis­tribute ‘Solvatten’, a portable, safe/hot water system powered by sunlight. It is an award win­ning solution proven to protect families from cholera and other poverty-related diseases. The more we can raise today, the more families will get access to Solvatten and a better life for many years to come. To donate, please follow the link below. https://paypal.me/solvatten. For more information, contact info@solvatten.se.

 

Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge: Put your filter to the test

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is looking for household water filters that are ready to be field tested in humanitarian emergency contexts. All relevant entries for this Call will be included in a publicly available online catalogue of existing household water filters. Of these, up to five filters will be selected to be field tested in up to three different humanitarian emergency settings. The outcomes of the field testing will be included in a comparative review published by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. This will publicly acknowledge the merits and performance of the filters across different humanitarian emergency settings. Deadline for Expression of Interest is February 17th, 2017. Eligibility details and additional 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!

 

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Technical Training in Water Infrastructure

The BushProof Technical Training in Water Infrastructure is a broad, intense 6-day course with a heavy practical bias, providing a rare opportunity to learn through both theoretical and hands-on practical sessions. 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.

 

WORK AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge: Developing the Next Generation

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is looking to support innovative ideas for emergency household water filters. Specifically, HIF is looking for people or organizations working on early stage household water filters or looking to adapt existing filters for humanitarian emergency contexts. Up to 3 proposals will be selected. They will each receive funding up to £50,000 to support their research and development activities. Selected proposals will also receive feedback and mentorship from the HIF and members of HIF’s WaSH Technical Working Group. Deadline for Expression of Interest is February 17th, 2017. Eligibility details and additional information can be found here.

 

Hiring Supply Chain Engineer for water filters

Rorus is a startup company making usable household water filters for humanitarian relief and long-term development. We’re hiring a Supply Chain Engineer in Austin, TX to establish sourcing and manufacturing for new product lines and to manage the provision of products for our nonprofit customers. The application will be posted in January at https://www.rorusinc.com/careers/.

 

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016 HWTS Network Annual Meeting Report

The 2016 HWTS Network annual meeting took place October 10th, 2017. Meeting participants discussed future strategies for the Network and past activities of the Network. Information on presentations and panel discussions are detailed in the meeting report. The report is attached.

 

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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

UNC Water Microbiology Conference: 15th May – 19th May, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

 

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

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.

 

 

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 45

Dear Colleagues,

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

  • There is a webinar on WaSH in healthcare facilities on May 3rd
  • There is a session on the HWT Evaluation Scheme at the 3rd WHO Forum on Medical Devices
  • There are a number of interesting requests for partnerships

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/.

 

Best regards,

 

Edema Ojomo

Post-doctoral Research Associate

The Water Institute at UNC

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 45

May/June 2017

 

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

Request for Partnership

The Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation (Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa) participates in research, water quality analysis, training, consultancies, outreach programs, and the practical application of research findings. We excel at practical research, both bringing the results and solutions back to our areas of research and publishing for global lesson sharing. We just finished a study on the effectiveness of EcoSeal Purify Photocatalytic Oxidant lining for PET bottles as a point-of-use (POU) water treatment through a field trial from shallow wells in Bangwe and Luwinga Townships (Malawi). If you or your organization need a field trial location for HWTS, please consider partnering with us. To learn more about our awesome team and innovative current work please visit http://www.mzuniwatsan.com/.

 

Call for Partners and Collaborators for the Nigeria Water Education for Schools and Communities Programme.

The aim of the Nigeria Water Education for Schools and Communities Programme is to promote better understanding of water as a key social, economic and environmental resource and to facilitate a new water-use ethic in Nigeria, through projects like the building and installation of water and sanitation infrastructure in select schools and communities of need. Introducing the Nigeria Water Education in Schools and Communities Programme would be strategic entry points to:

  • Develop awareness about Water and Sanitation (WatSan) Sector reform, policy issues, and WatSan related environmental issues in Nigeria;
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to analyze the issues and understand perceptions and use of water;
  • Support informed decision-making by the community that could affect the quality of their lives with respect to water;
  • Participate actively in the sustainable management of their water environment;
  • Evaluate and propose actions that will achieve effective water related solutions in support of water resources management.

More information on the program can be found here.

Program implementers also seek to integrate Climate Change into the project. Please contact Anthony Akpan at ajakpan@yahoo.com if you would like to learn more and if you are interested in participating and contributing to the implementation of this program.

 

Abstract Submissions Open for the 2017 Water and Health Conference

Abstract submissions are now open for the 2017 Water and Health Conference. Conference themes are: climate resilience; WaSH and gender; drinking-water safety, addressing disparities in WaSH – rural, peri-urban and indigenous populations; WaSH in non-household settings; and from evidence to action. The conference will take place in North Carolina, USA from October 16th – October 20th, 2017. The deadline for abstract submission is May 24th, 2017. More information on the conference can be found here. To submit an abstract, click here.

 

Side Event Submissions Open for the 2017 Water and Health Conference

The Water Institute at UNC is now accepting proposals for side events at the 2017 Water and Health Conference. Side events are an opportunity for individuals or groups to bring together a range of stakeholders to focus on one’s own specific area of interest in the format of their choice. The duration of the side event may be a quarter day (1.5 hours) or a half day (3 hours). There is no cost to hosting a side event. Space is limited. The deadline for proposal submissions is May 24th, 2017. More information on submitting proposals for side events 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!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Upcoming Webinar: WASH Counts in Healthcare Facilities!

The lack of access to an improved water source and availability of soap at many healthcare facilities (HCF) in resource-limited settings and gaps in the awareness of the importance of enhanced hygiene and infection prevention undercut the ability for staff to offer safe services and for patients and visitors to protect themselves from acquiring infections. To learn how WASH can prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections, join Medentech and the Global Handwashing Partnership on May 3 at 10 am EST for a webinar observing Hand Hygiene Day (May 5). In addition to answering your questions, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID’s Maternal & Child Program (MCSP), the Beninese Association for Social Marketing (ABMS), and Medentech will discuss:

  • How innovation around improved WASH services can combat HCAIs
  • How to catalyze behavior change around proper hygiene and infection control
  • How to improve safer conditions and services in health settings

 

More information on the webinar can be found here. Please register here!

 

3rd WHO Forum on Medical Devices: session on the HWT Evaluation Scheme

The forum will gather almost 400 participants to share best practices, challenges, and new tools for evaluation, regulation, of medical / health devices. WHO will be presenting an overview of the HWT Evaluation Scheme in a session on devices for humanitarian disasters and emergencies, including results of Round I of testing, and what WHO is doing to support the use of these results by procurers. The session also seeks to stimulate discussion on key needs to support application of these results in HWT product selection, and strengthen implementation of HWT in humanitarian and emergency relief contexts.

 

Upcoming Network webinar: Water safety in the SDGs

In June, there will be a Network webinar on the place of HWTS in the SDGs. This webinar will be hosted by WHO, UNICEF, and CAWST. The webinar will focus on the opportunities for integration of HWTS within the broader water safe framework. Additional information (date, agenda, objectives, etc.) on the webinar will be shared with the Network soon. Do you have experience in working on HWTS and other water safety efforts such as WSPs? If yes, please share your experiences (approaches taken, outcomes, collaboration activities, etc.) using the outline (attached) as a guide. Thank you!

 

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

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

PUBLICATIONS

An Index Model for Evaluating Water Safety Plans in the Philippines

Developing a water safety plan (WSP) is now a requirement for all service providers of drinking water in the Philippines. To assist compliance with the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), this study develops an index model that the DOH can use for evaluating WSPs and covers the WSPs of 14 water districts and 11 health care facilities. The full abstract for this publication can be found here.

 

Safe Water Access through market bases approach

The Antenna Foundation and its partner, IRC-WASH, wish to inform you that a series of blog articles have been recently published to document scaling up access to safe water for people living at the base of the economic pyramid (BOP) through a market based approach (Safe Water 2 Programme). Range of challenges and lesson-learned to scale-up social enterprises can be found here.

 

Radical increase in water and sanitation investment is required to meet development targets

Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water – the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, including sanitation. The report highlights that countries have increased their budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene at an annual average rate of 4.9% over the last three years. Yet, 80% of countries report that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) financing is still insufficient to meet nationally-defined targets for WASH services. Click here for the full report, press release and infographics.

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

 

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

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.

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 47

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter.

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/.

Best regards,

Edema Ojomo

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 47

September/October 2017

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

2017 HWTS Network Annual Meeting

The Network Annual Meeting will take place on October 16, 2017 at the 2017 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Join us in the Azalea room at 10:30am. The agenda for the meeting is being finalized and will be shared in due course.

WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies

WHO, the ELRHA Humanitarian Innovation Fund and CAWST will be co-convening a side event on October 17, in Azalea Room at 08:30-12:00. The session will bring implementers, humanitarian agencies, HWT manufacturers and researchers to discuss HWT in emergencies, and emerging issues in quality management in HWT products.

Water Quality-related Events at UNC Water and Health Conference

There are a number of HWTS and water quality related events at the UNC Water and Health Conference this year that may be of interest to you. Some include: “Biosand Filter Updates: Implementer Support Tools, Research, and Inquiry” convened by Lehigh University, CAWST, and Pure Water for the World; “Ceramic Pot Filters: Current Research, Future Directions and Defining Next Steps” convened by Ceramics Manufacturing Working Group and Tufts University; and “Can New Technologies Support Water Quality Management in Rural, Low Resource Settings” convened by University of Oxford. Explore the Water and Health Conference page for more events.

Requesting Partnerships to provide HWTS for communities

Early this year, Kenya experienced a drought causing drying of rivers and other surface water sources. In order to mitigate such incidences in future, the members of Vision Development Self Health Group (SHG) have mobilized the community into digging and excavating a permanent water reservoir dam. The dam will also drain (under control) into river Miembano to serve the communities downstream. After this milestone event, this SHG would like to collaborate with other organisations in a view to secure HWTS for all. Please contact visiondev2006@gmail.com for more information.

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!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Aqua for All mini-Conference on Innovative Business Models for Safe Water at Point of Use

On Wednesday, October 11that 13:00-17:00, Aqua for All will organize a mini conference on “Innovative Business Models for Safe Water at Point of Use” in The Hague, Netherlands . Aqua for All will share with the participants, their experiences with the promotion, distribution and sales of different types of Household Water filters through water utilities in Ethiopia.  This is a promising public private partnership model with high scaling potential and participants of the mini conference are invited to give feedback on the experiences shared.  While this model could work for urban areas, Aqua for All also wants to share ideas on a blended business approach for rural areas, making use of farmer associations and/or MFI’s.

Three day workshop for WaSH professionals on HWTS

Sehgal Foundation, in partnership with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), is holding a three-day workshop for WASH professionals and Indian organizations promoting safe drinking water on Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS). The workshop will include sharing updates and best practices on new research and development, sharing challenges of promoting HWTS and exploring strategies overcome these challenges and effectively promote HWTS, and developing a network of HWTS implementerns. The workshop will table place from Nov 29th – Dec 1st, 2017 in Gurugram, Haryana, India.

MOOC “Introduction to HWTS” now constantly online

On June 12, Eawag-Sandec  re-launched the MOOC “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage”. In the course you can learn about the most important household-level water treatment methods, successful implementation strategies, and strategies for monitoring and evaluation. The videos are presented in English with French and Spanish subtitles. To find out more about the course and to register for free, see: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-treatment.

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

CAWST is hiring: Knowledge and Research Advisor

The Knowledge & Research Advisor is part of CAWST’s Research Learning team. This position uses best practice principles in practical research, knowledge management, and applied science to support WASH practitioners to start, strengthen, and grow their WASH programs. The Knowledge & Research Advisor helps practitioners to identify barriers to program implementation and ways to overcome them. Learn more: http://caw.st/KRA82017

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Why companies should not sell or give technology intended for individual and household use to NGOs

This article, focused on products that deal with water quality, summarizes some of the reasons we need to ask questions like “is household water treatment a failed strategy?” and “is it a fundamentally bad idea to expect the poorest people in the world to set up a personal water treatment facility in their home?” The article discusses the need to understand and respond to user needs and demands and employ market based approaches to ensure consistent use of HWTS products. The article can be found here.

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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.

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

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.

 

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: https://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter-contributions/.

 

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

Publications

Event Calendar

Newsletter Release Dates

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

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 fpolo@unicef.org or Inid Spahiu at ispahiu@unicef.org). 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 (nmahaffy@cawst.org) 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!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

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 rochelle@rochelleholm.com.

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.

 

WORK AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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.

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

 

NEWSLETTER RELEASE DATES

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

 

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.

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: https://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter-contributions/.

 

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

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

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 jm.cisneros.g@gmail.com, Evelyne Blondeel at evelyneblondeel@gmail.com, and/or Carlos Mena cmena@usfq.edu.ec 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!

 

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

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.

 

 

WORK AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

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.

 

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

 

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

 

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.

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 46

Dear Colleagues,

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

  • World Water Week is August 27th – September 1st, 2017 and Network members are participating
  • Early bird registration for a few water conferences ends in July

 

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/.

Best regards,

Edema Ojomo

 

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 46

July/August 2017

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

Requesting Advising on Market-Based Promotion for Wash/Health Products

Rorus (Pittsburgh, PA + New Delhi) would love consultation from or introductions to groups like PSI who specialize in social marketing. We have a fast-flowing, POU, gravity filter that meets EPA Standards in independent testing (6/4/3 reductions on bacteria, viruses, and cysts). It may work with micro-enterprise or microfinance distribution. Contact Corinne Clinch at cori@rorusinc.com. Intro: https://youtu.be/6_f2VNaCb1M

Early bird Registration for 2017 Water and Health Conference

Early bird registration for the 2017 Water and Health Conference ends July 15th, 2017. Early bird registration applies to non-students only. Students receive discounted registration costs for the conference. The conference will take place October 16th through October 20th, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Conference information including registration costs for students and non-students, accommodations, and conference themes can be found here.

Early bird Registration for 2017 University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference

The 2017 University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference will be held September 18-20, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. Registration is now open and early bird registration ends July 31st, 2017. Early bird registration applies to students and non-students. Students receive a discounted registration cost for the conference. Conference 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!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Word Water Week event: Providing Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Health Care Facilities

If you are attending World Water Week, please join us for the event “Providing Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Health Care Facilities,” on Thursday, 31 August, at 4:30 pm. This event — hosted by the World Health Organization, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, WaterAid and World Vision — will explore the current status of WASH in health care facilities (HCFs) and share specific, simple actions that can be taken to improve WASH in HCFs. More information can be found here: http://www.wvi.org/cleanwater/worldwaterweek

MOOC “Introduction to HWTS” now constantly online

On June 12, Eawag-Sandec  re-launched the MOOC “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage”. In the course you can learn about the most important household-level water treatment methods, successful implementation strategies, and strategies for monitoring and evaluation. The videos are presented in English with French and Spanish subtitles. To find out more about the course and to register for free, see: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-treatment.

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

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

PUBLICATIONS

WHO and IWA Global status report on water safety plans

Water safety planning is a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that is widely recognized as the most reliable and effective way to manage drinking-water supplies to safeguard public health. This report presents the latest available information on WSP implementation based on information gathered from 118 countries representing every region of the globe. It presents information on WSP implementation and the integration of WSPs into the policy environment. It also explores WSP benefits, challenges and future priorities. The report can be accessed here: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/global-status-report-on-water-safety-plans/en/

WASH Counts in Health Facilities:  From Advocacy to Action 

Did you know that an estimated 15% of patients develop one or more infections during a hospital stay and that at any given time 10 of every 100 hospitalized patients in developing countries acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection?  To raise awareness of how WASH can prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections and celebrate Hand Hygiene Day, Medentech, the producers of Aquatabs, and the Global Hand Washing Partnership hosted a webinar on May 3,2017.  During this webinar, experts from the World Health Organization, USAID’s Maternal and Child Program, and PSI’s Network Member in Benin, ABMS as well as Medentech’s Managing Director, Micheal Gately shared information on how to improve WASH in Health Care Facilities Please check out the slide and the copy of the presentation at http://globalhandwashing.org/wash-counts-in-healthcare-facilities-from-awareness-to-action/

Chemical Mixtures in Source-water and Drinking-water

This document provides an overview of available tools and practical recommendations to support the assessment and management of risks to human health associated with chemical mixtures in drinking-water and its sources, including through use of case studies.  The document was launched on 20 June at the WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network Meeting, being hosted by the European Food Safety Authority in Parma, Italy, and can be accessed here: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/chemical-mixtures-in-water/en/

Socio-psychological determinants for safe drinking water consumption behaviors: a multi-country review.

The effectiveness of household water treatment practices relies heavily on consumers’ compliance. However, what is driving these behaviors from a health psychological perspective is not well understood. Lilje and Mosler reviewed studies on safe water collection, treatment, handling and storage practices to identify important socio-psychological determinants. Social norms, action knowledge, and perceived self-efficacy were shown to be the most common influential factors for safe water practices. Instrumental beliefs around costs and benefits as well as affective beliefs such as taste are important in a majority of cases but varied more strongly, both for different target behaviors and between specific settings and populations, and are thus to be evaluated from case to case. The review gives clear recommendations on which behavioral factors to address with priority and corresponding behavior change techniques to be made use of in contexts where formative research is not possible. Article can be accessed here.

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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

2017 World Water Week: 27th August – 1st September, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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.

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

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.

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 48

Dear Colleagues,

 

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

  • HWTS Network Regional Meeting in Latin America
  • Super Early Bird Registration for Stockholm World Water Week is open
  • New communications point-person for the Network

 

I would like to share that this will be my last newsletter to the Network as I am no longer at the Water Institute. I am currently at Safe Water Network in New York (please feel free to visit and say hi if you’re ever in the area). It’s been great partnering with you since I took on this role. Thank you all for all the support, exciting conversations, and engagement with the Network. I look forward to continuing being part of the Network.

Carmen Anthonj will be taking over as the Network Communications officer. She is joining the Water Institute as a post-doc. Carmen has a background in Medical Geography and her experience spans health risk perceptions, health risk behavior, the cultural context of health, and addressing the interlinkages between water, sanitation, hygiene and human health.

Please feel free to get in touch with Carmen 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/.

Best regards,

Edema Ojomo

 

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 48

March/April 2018

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

HWTS Network Latin America Regional Workshop in Bogota, Colombia

The WHO/UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage is hosting the first Latin America Regional Workshop: Advancing the Water Safety Agenda in Bogota, Colombia, May 9-11th, 2018.

The Government of Colombia, PAHO/WHO and UNICEF, with the support of CAWST and other members of the network, will lead a participatory 3-day workshop to engage inter-sectoral stakeholders and unify efforts to make progress toward Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.1, focusing on improved service delivery to achieve water safety from catchment to point-of-use.

In Latin America, access to improved water sources is high, but ensuring water safety remains a challenge, especially in remote, rural areas and areas of peri-urban growth. To address the challenge of safe water provision in such areas, the government of Colombia established several regulations in 2016 acknowledging alternative solutions for when centrally treated, piped water is not feasible in these settings. These regulations authorize municipalities and service providers to use a combination of service delivery approaches, including HWTS, to address water safety and reach unserved populations. As such, The WHO/UNICEF International Network on HWTS is hosting a Latin America Regional Workshop to learn from Colombia’s experience, share with and learn from other partners, and jointly advance the water safety agenda in the region.

This event targets government representatives from the region, but network members are also welcome to participate. The event will be held in Spanish. If you are interested in attending and able to cover your own expenses to do so, please contact Eva Manzano (Global WASH Advisor, CAWST) at emanzano@cawst.org by April 15th. See attached for the Save the Date.

Super Early Bird Special for Stockholm World Water Week Open

World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from August 26th , 2018 through August 28th, 2018. The theme for 2018 World Water Week is “Water, Ecosystems and Human Development.” The Super Early Bird Special is currently Available and will end April 15th, 2018. More information on registration can be found here.

Data Collation Request – Global Market / Needs – Household Water Treatment

Do you have market or needs data you can share? Barry Johnston is seeking to review and collate a bibliography of market and needs studies, segmented perhaps by community, geography and on/off-grid status. He hopes to update everyone in the next newsletter. His motivation is as a developer of a novel solar thermal household water treatment technology, who seeks to deploy it with potential partners on an optimized cost-per-life-saved basis. If you have market or data needs or have any questions, please contact Barry Johnston at barryjohnstonemail@gmail.com. Also, visit jamebi.com to learn more.

Partnering with Mzuzu University, Malawi

The Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation (Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa) participates in research, water quality analysis, training, consultancies, outreach programs, and the practical application of research findings. We excel at practical research, both bringing the results and solutions back to our areas of research and publishing for global lesson sharing. If you or your organization need a field trial location for HWTS, please consider partnering with us. To learn more about our awesome team and innovative current work please visit http://www.mzuniwatsan.com/.

About TAM Ceramics Water Filter Media

High volume water filter media of granulated ceramics, and the systems of safe drinking water are available from TAM Ceramics, tamceramics.com. While systems of any size can be designed for any sized community, click the link for an example of a small sized system. For further information, contact, rharvey@tamceramics.com. More information can be found here and in the attached.

Establishment of the African Ocean Literacy Civil Society Action Network

We kindly request your collaboration and support for the Establishment of the African Ocean Literacy Civil Society Action Network. This will go a long way in addressing the problem of plastic pollution in our ocean. For more information, please contact Anthony Akpan at ajakpan@yahoo.com.

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!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

MOOC “Introduction to HWTS” now constantly online

On June 12, Eawag-Sandec re-launched the MOOC “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage”. In the course you can learn about the most important household-level water treatment methods, successful implementation strategies, and strategies for monitoring and evaluation. The videos are presented in English with French and Spanish subtitles. To find out more about the course and to register for free, see: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-treatment.

 

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

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Water Utilities in Ethiopia finish their job on delivering Safe Water at Point of Use

Does Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage have an owner?  Yes! In  Ethiopia, water utilities in Amhara Region consider that promoting, distributing and selling household water filters is their responsibility  because: ‘ The health of the people is our mandate’ .  Read more about this promising Public Private Partnership approach here. You can also find the link to the article and other interesting stories here.

 

Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge: Evaluation Matrix and Report by Humanitarian Innovation Fund, June 2017.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) describes the results of an evaluation of 34 HWTS products. HIF identified 16 ideal filter features and criteria divided into three categories—ease of use, performance, and logistics. These were used to evaluate and compare the filters. The report can be found here.

 

Impact of Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hand Washing with Soap on Childhood Diarrhoeal Disease: Updated Meta-Analysis and -Regression

This article by Wolf et al. provides an updated assessment of the impact of unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene on childhood diarrheal disease. Results suggest household connections of water and community sanitation are particularly impactful in reducing the risk of diarrhea. More information on the article can be found here.

 

 

EVENT CALENDAR

Nexus 2018 Conference: 16th April to 18th April, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

2018 Water Microbiology Conference: 21st May to 28th May, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

41st WEDC Conference: 9th July to 13th July, 2018 in Nakuru, Kenya

2018 World Water Week: 26th August – 31st August, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden

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 hwtsnetwork@unc.edu.

 

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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Carmen Anthonj at hwtsnetwork@unc.edu

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

 

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.

 

2016 HWTS Network Annual Meeting

Download Full Meeting Report (PDF, 500kb)

October 10, 2016
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Convened by the Water Institute at UNC, World Health Organization, & UNICEF

On Monday, October 10th, the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (“the Network”) conducted their annual meeting at the 2016 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, USA. There were approximately 30 individuals in attendance representing governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, business enterprises, and development organizations.

The meeting was split into two sessions. The first session was focused on reviewing network activities and HWTS implementation updates from 2015/2016. Session 1 included a presentation about Network activities (workshops, online courses, webinars, etc.) that took place between the 2015 annual meeting and the 2016 annual meeting, presentations about implementation activities that took place in 2015 and 2016, and presentations on how HWTS could fit in the broader water safety agenda.

The second session centered on the future and priorities for moving forward with the Network strategy post-2016. Key presentations included a review of the Phase II strategy activities and what was achieved during Phase II. There was also a panel to discuss the place of HWTS in the SDG period and potential activities for Phase III (2017-2022).

Key Discussions

Session 1: Where we are

Update on events and news from 2015/2016 (Edema Ojomo, UNC | Slides)

What’s new in the implementation of HWTS? (Soapbox)

HWTS in the broader water safety agenda:
Water safety in the SDGs (Fiorella Polo, UNICEF | Slides)
Building a bridge to universal WASH (Allison Tummon, P&G)

Session 2: Repositioning the Network in the SDG agenda

Session introduction, overview of Phase II, directions for Phase III (Batsi Majuru, WHO | Slides)

Panel discussion, Looking ahead: Network in the SDG Era (Rob Quick, CDC, Carolyn Meub, Pure Water for the World)

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Household Water Newsletter, Issue 40

August 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well! Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. Some highlights of this month’s issue include:

  • World Water Week in Stockholm is less than 2 weeks away and there are a number of interesting events being convened by Network members
  • The Annual Meeting of the HWTS Network will take place at the Water and Health Conference in October
  • Dates for upcoming newsletters are listed below along with deadlines for submissions

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/.

Best regards,

Edema Ojomo
Post-doctoral Fellow
The Water Institute at UNC

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

HWTS Network Annual Meeting

The Network annual meeting will take place at the 2016 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. The meeting will take place on Monday, October 10th.  Details on the meeting are being finalized. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

HWT Scheme side event

A side event on the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies will take place Water and Health Conference on Tuesday, 11 October. The session seeks to share experiences and challenges on HWT performance evaluation and discuss potential solutions. Further details on the session will be provided in due course.

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 (nmahaffy@cawst.org) to provide input.

Call for comments and questions on packed particle bed filters

Please take a look at the following links for coming attractions and work related to community-sized ceramic water filters of packed particle beds – PPBs.:
https://www.polarisoffice.com/d/2RPRM04b
Giant PPB flier, handed out in Nairobi:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3E-qEW1tsGmSm8wb3RLT0t2ZmQwN19kUUJkT2tvUGVQb2tv/view?usp=docslist_api
PPB systems, with background.pptx’ :
https://www.polarisoffice.com/d/2RPAx3ET

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Reid Harvey at reidharvey7734@gmail.com.

Call for proposals

There is a call for proposals for a conference sponsored by the Global Research Institute titled Environmental Change, Agricultural Sustainability, and Economic Development in the Lower Mekong Basin. Deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2016. The conference will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and runs from March 16-March 18, 2017. Additional information on the conference can be found here.

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. An issue may be released a few days before the Water and Health Conference (October 10-14, 2016) if there is information about the annual meeting that needs to be shared.

Newsletter release date                               Deadline for submission to newsletter

September 26th, 2016                                      September 19th, 2016

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.

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Network-related events at World Water Week in Stockholm

We have a number of interesting events run by Network members at World Water Week this year. Information on these events are detailed below. I hope you can attend them.

Accelerating Development by Building a Prosperous Environment for WaSH.

Through a lively interaction session, governments, NGOs, and the private sector will share concrete examples of collaboration that are leading to sustainable water, hygiene, and sanitation solutions to alleviate poverty, build government capacity, and provide a return on business investment. The informational poster for this event can be found here and further details on the event can be found here.

This event is being convened by P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, Grundfos, and World Vision. It will take place at the Aulan Auditorium , Stockholm City Centre on Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. If you have any questions, contact Greg Allgood at gallgood@worldvision.org.

The Business of Sustainable Water & Sanitation for the Poor

Achieving SDG6, universal access to sanitation and water by 2030, requires a business ecosystem in which low-income consumers can purchase aspirational toilet facilities and household water treatment technologies at affordable prices. Technological innovations, local entrepreneurs and powerful partnerships have put this goal within our grasp, how do we overcome barriers and accelerate to scale? Attend this event to hear success stories and be part of an engaging discussion. Further details on the event can be found here.

This event is being convened by Antenna Technologies Foundation, Swiss Water Partnership and Toilet Board Coalition. It will take place at the NL Music Hall on Sunday, 28 August, 2016 from 9:00am to 10:30am. If you have any questions, contact Fanny Boulloud at fboulloud@antenna.ch.

Monitoring Safely Managed Drinking-water Services in the 2030 Agenda

This event will describe the proposed methods for data collection, integration and analysis that will be used in establishing baselines and reporting progress on improving drinking-water services through the SDG period. Case studies drawing upon statistical analysis of both survey and regulatory data will be provided. Further details on the event can be found here.

This event is being convened by a host of organizations including UNICEF, WHO, UN-Water, GIZ, and a number of German ministries. It will take place at the NL Music Hall on Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 from 11:00am to 12:30pm.

Developing a certification framework for HWT products in Ghana

A three-day national workshop will be held in Accra, Ghana on 16-18 August, 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to develop a framework for certifying HWT products, and will include officials from regulatory and standards authorities, ministries of health, water and local government, as well as representatives from the private sector and academia. The workshop is part of the capacity building efforts of the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies.

CAWST Training Workshops (North Carolina and Colorado)

Delivering Effective WASH Training: 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. This workshop will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina from Oct 15-19, 2016 (5 days). More details on the event can be found here.

Environmental Sanitation: Knowledge and skills you need to effectively protect and promote human health and well-being by providing a clean environment and breaking the cycle of disease. Addresses the range of environmental sanitation-related issues that affect health. This workshop will take place in Golden, Colorado from September 27-28, 2016 (2 days). More details on the event can be found here.

Water Safety Plans online course offered by The Water Institute

The Water Institute offers a 10 week online learning course on Water Safety Plans (WSPs) aimed at those in the water industry with management, engineering, or operational responsibilities. 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 waterinstituteteaching@unc.edu

EDUCATION, WORK, AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

One Drop, an international non-profit organization, is currently seeking applications for two (2) job openings that will be primarily based in Montreal, Canada. They are recruiting for a:

  • Director of International Programs The Director of International Programs will be responsible for managing all aspect of One Drop’s international programs for access to water and sanitation in developing countries. Details on the organization, job requirements, and job duties and responsibilities can be found here.
  • Legal Counsel position (Permanent, part-time – 3-4 days a week). The Legal Counsel will provide support for all files that are entrusted to the Director. The Legal Counsel will also autonomously carry out and manage a wide array of different files in various areas of law. Details on the job requirements, and job duties and responsibilities can be found here.

The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations that serve the poor in developing countries. These workshops cover a number of themes on WASH, including HWTS. Information on training workshops can be found here.

The Waterloo Foundation (TWF) has ongoing funding opportunities for programs related to water, sanitation, and hygiene. TWF aims to support organizations that help low-income communities and promote sustainable solutions. The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene grant falls under their World Development Program. Information on application guidelines 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 ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

PUBLICATIONS

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 gives an overview of where the world stands in relation to the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). This report is based on the proposed global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators. The report can be downloaded as PDF (click here) or read online (click here). The online version allows for data download and for data viewing in multiple formats.

The Sustainable Development Goals 2016 is accompanied by the Global SDG Indicator Database, an interactive database that allows users view country-level and regional and global data aggregates compiled through the United Nations system and other international organizations. The database can be found here.

Papers presented at the 39th WEDC Conference in Kumasi, Ghana are available for download here. There are over 120 conference papers.

EVENT CALENDAR

26th SIWI World Water Week: August 28 – September 2, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden

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 ojomo@live.unc.edu.


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 http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

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