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

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.

Posted in 2016, Newsletter

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 39

July 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well! There are a number of exciting events taking place this month and I hope you have the opportunity to be a part of some or all of them.

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

  • The WEDC Conference is in a few days and there will be some HWTS-related side events and talks
  • Singapore International Water Week starts in a few days.
  • Registration is open for a Water Safety Plans online course being offered by the Water Institute

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

Emergency chlorination in refugee camps (Mini-title)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) published a poster on emergency chlorination in refugee camps for the MSF Scientific Days conference, Evidence-based guidelines for water treatment in humanitarian operations. Emergency chlorination guidelines used by MSF stipulate what free residual chlorine levels should be at tapstands to protect water from microbiological contamination. The authors of this poster recognize that these guidelines are not based on field evidence and may not adequately protect water supplies in refugee camps; they show that the guidelines are only applicable to camps in cool and clean locations. The poster is available here: http://f1000research.com/posters/5-831.

Call for input from Rorus Inc.

Call for input. Rorus Inc. is a social enterprise in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, using new nanotechnology and user-centered design to make simple and robust water filters for low-infrastructure settings (demo video). They are progressing towards a filter that will (1) be simple enough for a 5-year-old to use safely, (2) be convenient enough to be used every day, (3) exceed WHO «« (middle tier) performance targets and provide chemical reduction, (4) prevent dangerous overuse by having automatic shutoff, and (5) work fast enough to provide a real-time supply (0.5L / min), reducing the need for careful storage. They are currently piloting filters in rural India and are looking for partnerships in the HWTS community to gather feedback and establish field partners. Please reach out to their founder, Corinne Clinch at cori@rorusinc.com.

Potters for Peace seeking field partners

Potters for Peace promotes the production and use of the ceramic pot water filter, and is currently seeking field partners capable of identifying interested communities and/or funding the establishment of new filter production facilities.  For more information contact Kaira Wagoner, Potters for Peace Filter Project Coordinator, at pottersforpeace@gmail.com.

Seeking partners for project in San Juan del Sur

A brutal two-year-plus drought has dried up most of the hand-dug wells in southwestern Nicaragua, and the Newton-San Juan del Sur Sister City project (https://sanjuandelsursistercityproject.wordpress.com/), which specializes in BioSand Filters, is seeking partners to help drill numerous village-based communal wells. Dr. David Gullette invites ideas from colleagues about the best places to apply for appropriate grants. Please write to: david.gullette@simmons.edu.

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

HWTS event at the WEDC 39th International Conference

WHO will be hosting a side event on the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (the Scheme) at the WEDC conference in Kumasi, Ghana on July 12th, 2016. The session will present the results from this first ever global assessment of household water treatment technologies evaluated under the Scheme, and discuss the application of the results in product selection, including in disease outbreaks and emergencies. Are you going to be at WEDC? Please join us! A draft timetable of the conference can be found here. More information on this event will be found on the timetable.

CAWST workshop at the Compassion Conference

CAWST will be hosting a number of workshops at the Compassion Conference in Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA. The workshops include Introduction to water, sanitation, and hygiene, Introduction to household water treatment and safe storage, Water safety plans, How to change behavior, and Environmental sanitation. The conference will take place from July 13th-July 16th, 2016. Information about the conference and other workshops can be viewed here.

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. 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

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.

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.

EVENT CALENDAR

Singapore International Water Week: July 10 – 14, 2016 at the Conference Centre of the Sands, Singapore

39th WEDC International Conference: July 11-15, 2016 in Kumasi, Ghana

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

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Results of Round 1 of the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies was released earlier this year. This is the first global assessment of household water treatment technology performance and treatment options evaluated included solar disinfection, chemical disinfection, filtration, and ultra-violet treatment. In addition to highlighting performance of different HWT technologies and products, the report recommends national-level actions needed to ensure the realization of health gains from the use of HWT technologies and products. The report can be found here.


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.

Posted in 2016, Newsletter

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 38

January 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year to all! I hope you had a joyous and restful holiday season.

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

  • Introduction to the WHO & UNICEF Knowledge Portal on WASH in Health Care
  • Upcoming WASH related training events, conferences, and courses
  • Member publications on HWTS in Rwanda, India, and Myanmar

As always, member feedback is welcome, and you are invited to share materials for the newsletter at any time. You can look forward to our next newsletter in mid-March.

I would also like to share with you all that I will be moving on from the Water Institute at the end of this month. In my absence, Kris Horvath will be taking over as the Network Communications Officer. I encourage you to reach out to him by email at khorvath@email.unc.edu and introduce yourselves if you get the chance. Thank you all for welcoming me so warmly to the Network; it has been a pleasure to work with you all, and I hope I will cross paths with many of you again in the future.

Regards,

Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC

 

NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

WHO and UNICEF recently announced the launch of their Knowledge Portal on WASH in Health Care Facilities to share information, tools, and build momentum. Please go here to learn more.

Call for Proposals to Present! USAID is hosting the first ever Cracking the Nut Health Conference in July 2016. The Advisory Committee invites interested persons to submit short, 2-page proposals to present by 5:00 PM EST, Friday, January 29, 2016. Go here to learn more and register.

UpWater is an innovative HWTS project that is currently being implemented in Thailand within the framework of Grand Challenges Canada. The project is comprised of an innovative product (a SODIS bag-in-a-box), a social transformation component, and a market-based business model. After field-testing different versions of the product, implementers are now working on the business side of this innovation to establish sustainable supply chains for the product. Whereas it still is too early to tell if the model can be the basis of a successful business operation, the technical and design advances made by the project are significant and deserve some attention on behalf of the HWTS community. To that effect, UpWater has produced a series of communication materials, which can be viewed here. For further information, feel free to contact the principal investigator of the project, Sittha Sukkasi, at sittha@alum.mit.edu, or Matthias Saladin at matthias@agua-plus.org.

Mr. F H Mughal would like to know “What are some household water treatment systems that can remove low-to-medium levels of salinity (2,000 to 3,000 mg/L TDS)? He can be reached directly at mug444@yahoo.com.

The consortium of the Tanzanian NGO SHIPO and the Dutch company Basic Water Needs announce that the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) has selected them as an official partner. HDIF will support their plans to increase sustainable access to safe drinking water in Tanzania by implementing a new model to scale up the use of HWTS. This model combines effective, attractive and affordable water filters with awareness and a sustainable supply chain for filters and spares which will continue after the project period. For more information, please contact: Morten Holm van Donk at morten.shipo@gmail.com or Maria Besteman at mariabesteman@basicwaterneeds.com.

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Past Events

On December 8th, 2015, the HWTS Network teamed up with CAWST to host a webinar on HWTS in the transition from emergency response to recovery, with a focus on Nepal. The webinar drew on the experience of Tai Ring Teh and Arinita Maskey Shrestha from UNICEF NepalBipin Dangol from ENPHO, and Fanny Boulloud from Antenna Technologies. Each panelist presented on key challenges and opportunities for coordinating emergency response efforts, training local actors, and distributing products, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Presentations can be downloaded here, here, and here.

 

Upcoming Events

Coming soon: WHO will soon be releasing the results of Round I of the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. The report details the results from 10 HWT technologies, including solar, chemical, filtration and ultraviolet (UV), and will be released in the coming weeks. Keep checking the HWTS Network Newsletter!

CAWST is hosting a five-day training workshop on Biosand Filter Project Implementation from February 15 – 19, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop is beneficial for anyone planning to implement a BSF project and for those working in community development, the WASH sector and health projects that are seeking safe water solutions. The workshop has been designed for mid-level managers, decisions makers, program organizers, community liaisons, technicians, frontline supervisors, project managers and project engineers who are working in communities to provide safe water. More information available here.

BushProof is hosting their second one-week Technical Training in Water & Sanitation Infrastructure from March 7 – 12, 2016 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The training features a modified curriculum to give more time for pipe and pump design, while adding in sessions on topographical surveying and group work to reinforce understanding in this area. For more information, the updated course document that contains the curriculum is available here.

Eawag has announced their next practice-oriented course on Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects. The course provides tools for planning, designing and evaluating evidence-based behaviour change campaigns. The participants will learn how to conduct a quantitative survey measuring the behavioural factors, how to identify the required behaviour change techniques, and how to verify their effectiveness. The course will take place from March 15 – 16, 2016 in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Participation in the course using video conference is highly encouraged (Central European Time CET). For further details and registration please click here. Registration deadline is March 9th, 2016.

9th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference: April 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Global Water Safety Conference: April 25-27, 2016 in Palawan, the Philippines

Adaptation Futures 2016: May 10 -13, 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Water Microbiology Conference 2016: May 17 – 19, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Water Summit of the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group: May 27, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea

Rotary International Convention: May 29 – June 1, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea

Singapore International Water Week: July 10 – 14, 2016 at the Conference Centre of the Sands, Singapore

Cracking the Nut Health Conference: July 18 – 19, 2016 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition: October 9 – 13, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia

6th Annual Water and Health Conference: October 10 -14, 2016 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 emailing khorvath@email.unc.edu.

 

MEMBER PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES

Below are links to recent academic publications and articles that may be of interest:


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 Kris Horvath at khorvath@email.unc.edu.

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

Feedback: If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on how to improve our newsletter, please click here

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.

Posted in 2016, Newsletter

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 37

November 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Network Secretariat, I send thanks to those members who were able to join us for our annual meeting on October 26th. We had a very productive session and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with you all on a more personal level. For those of you who missed it, a session summary and links to presentations are available here. We certainly hope you will be able to join us in 2016!

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

As always, I welcome your feedback and I invite you to share with us next time around. You can look forward to our next newsletter in mid-January; in the meantime, I extend my warmest wishes to you and your families as we enter the holiday season.

Regards,

Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC

 

NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are here! After years of preparation and deliberation, the UN General Assembly adopted the SDGs, which will shape the development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all over the next 15 years. The dedicated goal on Water and Sanitation includes eight ambitious targets that expand the focus from the MDGs towards the entire water cycle. Of particular interest to this community is the indicator on safely managing drinking water services, and the role that household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) can play in helping to ensure progress towards the 2030 agenda. We welcome your input on how the Network can shape its activities in the coming years to make these goals a success!

The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) has launched a new HWTS Knowledge Base. The HWTS Knowledge Base is intended to serve as a hub for implementers, researchers and producers alike, ensuring that both practical and technical information is accessible to all members of the sector. With the increased focus on water quality (not just access) through the Sustainable Development Goals, it is especially crucial for the HWTS sector to collaborate, build on successes and learn from challenges. Click here to access the HWTS Knowledge Base.

Boniswa Dladla of UNICEF Swaziland asks for your input on an important question: “What role can HWTS play in saving lives during a drought?” We invite you to share your knowledge, experiences, or advice with Boniswa directly at bdladla@unicef.org.

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Solvatten, a Swedish organization, have been awarded the United Nations’s Climate Solutions Award for their combined water treatment and solar water heating system. The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable, and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. Congratulations!

Ms. Tracy Hawkins and her colleagues at Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa have been selected as finalists for a prestigious international award for environmental sustainability. The Energy Globe World Awards are a means to raise awareness on the issue of sustainability, to showcase best practice solutions from a variety of countries, and to motivate people to contribute their share and to convince governments to provide the necessary framework. The award ceremony will be televised globally on February 19, 2016, from the Milad Tower in Tehran. Congratulations!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Upcoming

CAWST will be hosting a webinar on Quality Control for Ceramic Pot Filters, this Thursday, November 19th from 12-1pm EST. This webinar will focus on decentralized production of ceramic pot filters for household water treatment. Kaira Wagoner of Potters for Peace will present on the challenges and successes of production, plans for innovation moving forward, and ongoing research to expand the ceramic pot filter’s capacities. Justine Rayner of Tufts University will discuss the need for and development of a scheme for evaluating quality at ceramic pot filter factories. Registration is available here for those interested in participating.

The UNEP and DHI have teamed up over the course of the last two months to provide a series of webinars on water quality, with a specific focus on understanding why water quality is vital to achieving the SDGs. The sixth and final webinar in the series will take place on Wednesday, November 25th at 15:00 CEST and focuses on Data and Knowledge Management for Water Quality. You are welcome to register here if interested. Other topics this series have covered include:

  • Global Goals and European Lessons Learned | View
  • Water Quality: the Key Challenges | View
  • Frameworks for Water Quality Governance | View
  • Water Quality Interventions | View
  • Water Quality Management and Regulation Tools | View

The HWTS Network Secretariat is teaming up with CAWST to offer a webinar on Tuesday, December 8th on HWTS in Emergencies: Lessons from the Field. Registration details will be sent out to the listserv in the near future; in the meantime, mark your calendars!

 

Select Events from the 2015 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, NC (October 26 – 30):

The World Health Organization convened a side event on the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (“the Scheme”). During the event, participants were provided with an overview of Round I results, an update on Round II, and capacity building efforts of the Scheme. In addition, there was discussion of how Scheme results apply to regulatory processes and how the impact of the Scheme can be maximized. A more detailed summary of the proceedings, as well as the Q&A session, can be found on our website. Any questions about this event can be directed to Batsi Majuru at majurub@who.int.

This year’s Ceramic Pot Filter side session, convened by the Ceramics Manufacturing Working Group and Tufts University, served as an opportunity for dozens of filter scholars, producers, and enthusiasts to share and discuss some of the latest, most exciting ceramic filter research.  Presentations focused on potential avenues toward virus inactivation, effects of stabilizing agents on silver aggregation, and effects of water quality parameters such as chlorine concentration on silver-leeching.  The session ended with a round-table discussion that covered a variety of subjects including filter-manufacturing variables, improved mechanisms for communication within the filter community, certification of filter manufacturing quality control processes, and prospects for simplifying future filter factory establishments.  To learn more about this event, contact Kaira Wagoner at pottersforpeace@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Events

14th World Anaerobic Digestion Congress: November 15 – 18, 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile

AidEx 2015 Conference: November 18 – 19, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium

6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation: January 11-13, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Adaptation Futures 2016: May 10 -13, 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Water Microbiology Conference 2016: May 16 – 20, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Singapore International Water Week: July 10 – 14, 2016 at the Conference Centre of the Sands, Singapore

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

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition: October 9 – 13, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia

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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

A Policy Guidance Manual on Wastewater Management was released on the occasion of the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 19, 2015. Jointly produced by United Nations ESCAP, UN-Habitat, and the Asian Institute of Technology, the manual is an outcome of a project on “Strengthening capacity of policymakers in South-East Asia to promote policies and developing plans for improved wastewater treatment and reuse in urban and periurban areas.” The publication is available here.

PriMove Infrastructure Development Consultants (“PriMove”), based in Pune, India, is a private consultancy providing support to the Government of India / Maharashtra for implementing various interventions in WASH sector. Currently, PriMove is facilitating the implementation of Village Water Safety and Security programs in twelve villages in Mouda block. More information about their campaign can be found here.

The Safe Water and Aids Project (SWAP) recently celebrated its 10th year of operations! Throughout the past decade, they have transformed from a small project with four employees to managing multiple programs and research, had publications accepted in peer reviewed journals, attended national and international forums, won prestigious international awards, and improved the health of those who need it most while empowering vulnerable women. Learn more about their journey here.

The WASHplus blog is part of a USAID-funded project featuring recent research and news on household drinking water quality and related topics. Below are links to recent publications that may be of interest:


 

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 Alec Shannon at alexandra.shannon@live.unc.edu.

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

Feedback: If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on how to improve our newsletter, please click here

Disclaimer: This publication does not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund. Any mention of specific companies or manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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2015 Scheme Side Event Summary

October 27, 2015
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Convened by the World Health Organization

On Tuesday, October 27th, the World Health Organization convened a side event on the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (“the Scheme”) from 8:30 – 10:00 am EST. During the event, participants were provided with an overview of Round I results, an update on Round II, and capacity building efforts of the Scheme. In addition, there was discussion of how Scheme results apply to regulatory processes and how the impact of the Scheme can be maximized.

Key Discussions:

Batsi Majuru, World Health Organization

Batsi provided an overview of Round I of the Scheme, communication and application of evaluation results, and strategic objectives to strengthen national capacity in HWTS. These objectives relate to: strengthening national regulation and certification of HWTs, support field monitoring and evaluation, and strengthening quality management of manufacture of local products and performance evaluation. Look out for the Round I report for results of products tested and details on capacity building activities..

Nikki Beetsch, World Health Organization

Nikki presented an update on Round II testing of the Scheme, and highlighted the amendments that have been made to the testing protocol. These changes are aimed at improving the efficiency and reducing costs of the Scheme while maintaining the technical rigor. The amended (Version 2) of the Harmonized Testing Protocol will be available from the Scheme webpage at: http://www.who.int/household_water/scheme/en/.

Lydia Abebe, University of North Carolina & Ashebir Gebeyehu, Ethiopian Public Health Institute

Lydia and Ashebir presented an overview of a training workshop on evaluating the microbiological performance of HWT technologies in Ethiopia as part of the capacity building activities of the Scheme. Lydia led training activities among staff from three national laboratories, including Ashebir.  A major challenge identified during the training is lack of fiscal and supply chain access to material resources required for testing. The training resources will be made available on the Scheme webpage at: http://www.who.int/household_water/scheme/en/.

Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University & Manuela Kräuter, Helioz Social Enterprise

Daniele and Manuela took part in a Roundtable Discussion on “Dissemination of Scheme Results and Maximising Impact,”  which focused on the fact that many low and middle income countries have neither the capacity, nor the resources to evaluate HWTs. To disseminate scheme results and to maximize impact by ensuring that poor and vulnerable groups are reached, country level needs and household-level and systemic/structural barriers should be taken into consideration. Other solutions to these barriers include incorporating HWTS into community health education and other public health campaigns, making low-cost products with minimal maintenance needs readily available, establishing communities of practice, and helping to build systems at the national level that ensure approval of suitable HWTS technologies, based on the WHO Scheme results.

Q&A Session:

Q: What does fast tracking of evaluations for emergencies mean? Would this imply distribution of unproven technologies during emergencies?

A: With increasing disease outbreaks and other emergencies, there is a growing need for timely and independent guidance on the performance of HWT products. Many of the requests for guidance that WHO is receiving are for products for which there is some existing information, but the key needs relate to independent guidance on performance and deciphering that information to understand how it relates to WHO performance criteria. Thus, mechanisms for rapidly reviewing such information and, if required, verifying through testing are essential.

Q: How will Scheme results be disseminated?

A: In addition to the main report and listing of results on the WHO webpage, WHO is working to develop a tool to guide the use of the Scheme results in product selection, considering contextual factors such as user preferences, availability, cost, etc., with a brief catalogue / list of products evaluated and results, which can be more readily used by national governments and procuring agencies.

Q: What do you mean by fail and pass of a technology?

A: WHO considers this important and will include it in the development of a harmonized protocol.

Q: Are there standards for material quality and safety in the chemical HWT options?

A: WHO requests information on the wetted components for devices and the ingredients and processing for chemical manufacturers. The material list provided is reviewed by a technical expert to ensure there are not red flags, however there is no material safety testing (leaching) performed, in most cases. The exception being that in Round 1 arsenic levels in the finished water was requested for ceramic pot products due to information known on the potential for this metals to be present in mined clay. If a product is a disinfecting chemical or includes a disinfecting component (iodinated resin, for example), the finished water is analyzed for the disinfectant.

Q:  Does clogging of a system result in a failure?

A: Clogging does not represent a reason for failing a product. The reasoning is that if a user cannot get water, they cannot get unsafe water – therefore it is a failsafe. The test is designed to accelerate clogging (high turbidity) as it is important to see performance under clogging/reduced flow conditions. If a system clogs with use, the evaluation does allow and, in fact, requires this procedure to be performed during testing to be certain the procedure does not result in downstream contamination or a stress on the system that would result in a failing microbiological performance. Although not a cause for a failure if the product evaluation does not reach the final test capacity, however it is important to the scheme to see some data to indicate performance in the challenge test water phase, therefore not clogging during the general test water (low turbidity) phase.

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2015 HWTS Network Annual Meeting Summary

October 26, 2015
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Convened by the Water Institute at UNC, World Health Organization, & UNICEF

On Monday, October 26th, the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (“the Network”) conducted their annual meeting at the 2015 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, USA. There were over 70 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 activities and HWTS innovations from 2014/2015. Session 1 included presentations about the latest evidence on HWTS, key areas of work for the Network Secretariat, as well as an innovation panel.

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 and recap of Network activities from 2015. The Secretariat also sought input from Network members to help shape the strategy for Network activities post-2016. In particular, Network members expressed their interest in an increased focus on enabling environments, reaching the most vulnerable, and better monitoring of HWTS uptake, among other things.

Key Discussions:

Session 1

What’s New in the Evidence on HWTS

  • Assessing Compliance in HWTS by Ghislaine Rosa, LSHTM | Download
  • Socio-Psychological Determinants for Safe Drinking Water Consumption Behaviors by Hans Mosler, Eawag | Download

Spotlight on Key Areas of Work

  • Update on Rounds I and II of the Scheme by Batsi Majuru, WHO | Download
  • Water Safety Plans and HWTS by Angie Saleh, UNICEF | Download

Innovation Panel

Panelists:

  • The State of HWTS by Glenn Austin, PATH | Download
  • The Innovation Adoption Process by Laura McLaughlin, Cascade Designs Inc. | Download
  • Innovation Scrum with Girl Effect by Tom De Blasis, TBD Collective | Download
  • Creating Markets for HWTS by Fanny Boulloud, Antenna Technologies | Download

Session 2

Review of Network Strategy and Regional Workshops

  • Overview of 2011 – 2014 Workshops and Lessons Learned by Batsi Majuru, WHO | Download
  • Spotlight on Ghana: Progress since 2013 Workshop by Kweku Quansah, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana | Download
  • Review of Phase II Strategy and Priorities for 2016 by Basti Majuru, WHO and Angie Saleh, UNICEF

Key Responses: What should we set out to achieve through the Network post-2016? What should our objectives be?

  • Technology vs. implementation
  • From implementers: more support to get products out
  • Reaching the most vulnerable
    • Issues of cost
    • Reaching the disabled
    • Segmenting the market – willingness and capacity to pay at different income levels
  • Setting standards for new technologies
    • What are all the boxes that need to be checked?
    • How do we know what’s going to work and what doesn’t?
  • Who is doing what, and where?
    • How can we better engage Network members?
      • Look to SuSanA as an example; also, the Rural Water Supply Network
      • CAWST is setting up an HWTS knowledge base with the idea of bringing stakeholders together

Talk Show

Panelists:

  • Kweku Quansah, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana
    • “One of the key issues that can provide a lot of impact is advocacy. There is a lot of experience in this area that can be shared.”
  • Rochelle Rainey, USAID
    • “If we are going to encourage greater engagement, we really need to target better; we need more advocacy and education around teachable moments.”
  • Allison Hill, Vestergaard Group
    • “You learn more from bad data than you do from good data; we need a strategy, but we also need some sort of implementation tool.”
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Household Water Newsletter, Issue 36

September 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well! Just a reminder that the 2015 Annual Meeting of the HWTS Network will take place at the Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA on Monday, October 26, from 8:30 – 12:00. The meeting agenda is being finalized and will be shared with Network members very soon. We would be delighted to see you there!

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

  • Introduction to a new decision-making tool for experts and stakeholders
  • An overview of HWTS related events at World Water Week in Stockholm
  • Lesson sharing from implementers in Cambodia, Haiti, and Kenya

As always, I welcome your feedback and I invite you to share your own experiences and tools next time around.

Regards,

Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC

 

NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

Furniture Row has teamed up with World Vision to provide clean water to children and families through a sweepstakes that is guaranteed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The Grand Prize Winner and a friend will receive VIP treatment during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 25th.  To learn more about the sweepstakes and how you can enter, click here.

Call for collaborators! Sehgal Foundation is interested to work with like-minded organizations to provide safe drinking water to communities in need. They are a registered trust working across three states in India (Bihar, Rajasthan, and Haryana) to promote safe drinking water, create awareness around water related issues, and encourage the safe disposal of domestic waste water. Please contact Lalit Mohan Sharma to learn more: lalit.sharma@smsfoundation.org.

Practica Foundation and collaborators have developed the WaterCompass tool to assist experts and stakeholders in the initial selection process of water supply and treatment technologies. The tool includes almost seventy water management methods which are grouped from source protection to household water treatment and storage practices. Check it out!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Doctoral researcher Edema Ojomo (The Water Institute at UNC) presented the findings of a PATH and UNICEF funded study on the enablers and barriers to the sustainability and scale up of HWTS practice through a Q&A style webinar with the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). In addition to identifying these factors and grouping them into domains that should be considered in all HWTS programming, Ms. Ojomo went further to discuss the preliminary tools that have been developed to help take these findings from research into practice. Webinar recording available here.

 

World Water Week in Stockholm:

Antenna Technologies Foundation convened a session on “Scaling up Safe Water Enterprises for the BoP” along with ten panelists representing the private sector, NGOs, civil society and international development agencies. Discussions touched on HWTS, smart subsidies, and creating customer demand. An audience of 130 participants also shared their experience and suggestions on the role of government in setting quality standards, microfinance options and appropriate pricing, as well as the design and marketing of aspirational and trustworthy products focused on customer needs. For more information on this session, please refer to the convener webpage, or contact Fanny Boulloud at fboulloud@antenna.ch.

‘Reaching Rural Populations with Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: A Space for Partnerships’ was a panel at Stockholm’s WWW convened by World Vision, Procter & Gamble, Grundfos, and Sesame Street.  By demonstrating how partnerships are critical to the achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, this panel focused on the provision of safe water, hygiene, and sanitation through sustainable approaches.  For more information about this event, contact Greg Allgood at gallgood@worldvision.org.

 

Upcoming Events

OU International WaTER Conference: September 21-23, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA

38th WEDC International Conference: July 27-31, 2015 at Loughborough University, UK

Global Handwashing Day: October 15, 2015

IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition: October 18-22, 2015 in Sweimeh, Jordan

ASTMH 64th Annual Meeting: October 25-29, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Water and Health Conference: October 26-30, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Amsterdam International Water Week: November 2-6, 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

14th World Anaerobic Digestion Congress: November 15-18, 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile

AidEx 2015 Conference: November 18-19, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium

6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation: January 11-13, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Water Microbiology Conference 2016: May 16 -20, 2016 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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

New research on the effectiveness of emergency water treatment in refugee camps has been published through a Bulletin of the World Health Organization. The study was carried out in three refugee camps in South Sudan during March – April 2013. Findings suggest that centralized batch chlorination may not always be effective in refugee camps; therefore, HWTS may be necessary as an alternative or in addition to centralized treatment.

HelpAge International and GrifAid share their experience implementing a new kind of water filter in Haiti. Their field trial not only provided feedback to improve the filter’s design and functionality, but it also motivated Haitian elders to devise a system of filter sharing through supervised stations known as Boukan. Find out more about the Boukan of Haiti and the field trial results through this blog post.

Hydrologic Social Enterprise recently published a case study that documents their evolution from an NGO project to a sustainable business. The case study offers important lessons for those interested in social enterprise including time to make mistakes, understanding the customer, and professionalizing sales, among many others. Hydrologic has sold over 400,000 water filters across Cambodia since 2012.

Don Arnold from the Safe Water Team shares how the use of a survey application in Kenya is helping to create transparency between the non-profit and their donors. In addition to providing timely updates to staff and donors, the app has also allowed the Safe Water Kenya team to accelerate their work in distributing biosand water filters. Find out more here.

The WASHplus blog is part of a USAID-funded project featuring recent research and news on household drinking water quality and related topics. Below are links to recent publications that may be of interest:

 

EDUCATION, FUNDING OR WORK OPPORTUNITIES

Starting on October 5, 2015, the International WaterCentre will be delivering a 10-week WASH and Behavior Change online training course. This course aims to empower WASH practitioners to incorporate behavior change strategies into their project design and delivery. Registration is open now.

For WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies BlogGlobal Water Jobs, or the Relief Web Jobs site. If you wish to share an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network, please tell us by email at hwtsnetwork@unc.edu.

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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 Alec Shannon at alexandra.shannon@live.unc.edu.

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

Feedback: If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on how to improve our newsletter, please click here

Disclaimer: This publication does not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund. Any mention of specific companies or manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund.

 

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Household Water Newsletter, Issue 35

July 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all having a lovely week. We have a lot of updates to share with you all since our last newsletter! Please remember that Network members are invited to submit ideas, projects and announcements for the newsletter at any time.

We are pleased to confirm that the 2015 Annual Meeting of the HWTS Network will take place at the Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA on Monday, October 26, from 8:30 – 12:30. We are currently developing the agenda and will share it with you in due course. We would be delighted to see you there!

Other conference sessions that may of interest to Network members include:

  • Beyond Testing: Capacity building under the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate HWTS (Convened by WHO): Tuesday, October 27, from 8:30 – 12:30.
  • Water Safety Plans: global trends, implementation initiatives and impact assessment (Convened by WHO & UNICEF): Friday, October 30, from 8:30 – 12:30.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and membership in the Network.

Regards,

Alec Shannon
Knowledge Management Associate
The Water Institute at UNC

 

NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

The Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) recently launched the 2015 Update and MDG Assessment, which shares progress in achieving drinking water and sanitation goals over the last 25 years. In particular, the report serves to re-emphasize the importance of household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) in helping to reach the 663 million people worldwide who still lack access to improved drinking water sources. Furthermore, access to improved sources alone does not guarantee the microbial safety of water as illustrated in recent studies; therefore, practitioners should continue promoting water safety planning by local officials and correct, consistent, and continued use of effective HWTS products at home.

EDX.org is an on-line training program through which universities can offer free courses that fit your schedule. There are currently two on-going courses that may be of interest to Network members:

SAVE THE DATE! World Vision, Procter & Gamble, Grundfos, and Sesame Street will lead an interactive discussion on how partnerships can be a tool to fulfill mission and increase impact at World Water Week in Stockholm. The event will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 16:00-17:30 at the NL Music Hall (Musiksalen).

The Water Institute at UNC is currently accepting abstracts for the 2015 Water and Health Conference related to the theme “WaSH in emergencies and outbreaks.” Submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2015, and selected abstracts will be offered to present at the conference.

The World Health Organization is still accepting expressions of interest from manufacturers who wish to have their products evaluated under the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. The final deadline for submission is August 15, 2015.

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Recent

USAID hosted a webinar on Drinking Water Quality on June 18, 2015 in which experts Trey Flowers and Rochelle Rainey shared strategies for incorporating the 3 Pillars of Water Quality into water supply projects: Protection, Governance and Monitoring. This webinar was part of an ongoing Water and Development Strategy series, which included webinar sessions on Sanitation, WaSH and Nutrition, Sustainability of WaSH Services, and Agricultural Water Management. Webinar recording available here.

A panel of experts from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) hosted a webinar on Scaling-up Household Water Treatment on June 23, 2015. Panelists provided their perspectives on various themes related to HWTS program design through an interactive Q&A session. Panelists discussed the importance choosing the correct water quality indicators for measuring results and the importance of ensuring sustained use and effective removal of pathogens for HWT products, among other topics. Webinar recording available here.

The U.S. Water Partnership, with support from Tufts University, World Health Organization and Pure Water for the World, hosted a webinar on HWT Technologies and Implementation on June 23, 2015. Discussions were focused around the evaluation of different technologies as well as examples of successes and challenges in implementing HWT in Haiti and Central America. Presentation slides are available here.

Lessons from Round I and Plans for Round II of the World Health Organization’s International Scheme to Evaluate HWTS were shared during a webinar on June 30, 2015. A full summary including the agenda, list of speakers and links to presentations is available through the HWTS Network website.

The Water Institute at UNC hosted the Water Microbiology Conference in Chapel Hill on May 18 – 21, 2015. Conference sessions and poster presentations focused on water microbiology from watersheds to human exposure. Sessions of particular interest to the Network include those on the effectiveness of various HWT technology options and the links between WaSH and the microbiology of water. Conference agenda and presentation downloads are available here.

 

Upcoming

DT 2015 – Dry Toilet Conference: August 19 -22, 2015 in Tampere, Finland

20th SuSanA meeting: August 22, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden

World Water Week: August 23-28, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden

OU International WaTER Conference: September 21-23, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA

38th WEDC International Conference: July 27-31, 2015 at Loughborough University, UK

Global Handwashing Day: October 15, 2015

IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition: October 18-22, 2015 in Sweimeh, Jordan

ASTMH 64th Annual Meeting: October 25-29, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Water and Health Conference: October 26-30, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Amsterdam International Water Week: November 2-6, 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

14th World Anaerobic Digestion Congress: November 15-18, 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile

6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation: January 11-13, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Researchers are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health titled “Arsenic in drinking water: current perspectives.” The deadline for manuscript submissions is September 30, 2015; more information, including topics of interest and submission instructions is available here.

The WASHplus blog is part of a USAID-funded project featuring recent research and news on household drinking water quality and related topics. Below are links to recent publications that may be of interest:

 

EDUCATION, FUNDING OR WORK OPPORTUNITIES

Starting on October 5, 2015, the International WaterCentre will be delivering a 10-week WASH and Behavior Change online training course. This course aims to empower WASH practitioners to incorporate behavior change strategies into their project design and delivery. Registration is open now.

The Water Institute at UNC is currently recruiting a Director of Knowledge Management and Communications to manage and implement communication strategies both internally and externally; in addition, the Institute is accepting applications for a Director for Research who will oversee research implementation and maintain strong, effective partnerships with collaborators.

For WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies BlogGlobal Water Jobs, or the Relief Web Jobs site. If you wish to share an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network, 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 Alec Shannon at alexandra.shannon@unc.edu.

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

Feedback: If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on how to improve our newsletter, please click here

Disclaimer: This publication does not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund. Any mention of specific companies or manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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WHO International Scheme to Evaluate HWTS: Webinar Summary on Lessons Learned from Round I, Plans for Round II

WHO_logo

June 30, 2015
Online
Convened by the World Health Organization

This webinar provided an overview of Round I and procedures for Round II of the World Health Organization’s International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (“the Scheme”). The Scheme is a fee-based mechanism to promote and coordinate independent testing and evaluation of household water treatment (HWT) technologies that are appropriate for use in developing countries.

During the webinar, the Scheme Secretariat at WHO presented an overview of results from Round I of the Scheme and the lessons learned. The main findings were:

  • 5 out of 10 products met reduction requirements for at least the bottom tier
  • 4 out of 10 products are currently being re-evaluated
  • Existing HWT performance evaluations lack rigor; e.g., testing is conducted under ‘ideal’ conditions that are not representative of actual use
  • Some products came with unclear use instructions that may be confusing for users

The webinar also included highlights from Ethiopia and Ghana, where WHO is working to strengthen regulation and testing of local products. More detailed results from the performance evaluation and these capacity building activities will be shared in a forthcoming Round I summary report.

Among the challenges encountered in Round I were the perceived high cost of testing under the Scheme, and the sense that the performance classification of Highly Protective, Protective and Limited Protection was subjective. In addressing these challenges, the performance classification has been revised to Tier 1 (formerly Highly Protective); Tier 2 (formerly Protective) and Tier 3 (formerly Limited Protection). The goal for Round II is to focus on increasing efficiency while reducing cost and complexity. This will be achieved through a revised harmonized protocol which calls for fewer sample points across products and fewer microbial groups (in certain situations), while also maintaining a high level of scientific rigor.

The Q&A session following the webinar was largely focused on eligibility and procedures for submitting HWT products for review under the Scheme. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are currently being sought from manufacturers who wish to have their HWT products evaluated under the Scheme. An “Early Bird” special will be given to those who submit by 12th of July and the final deadline has been extended to the 15th of August, 2015. The EOI form, which must be filled out in its entirety and emailed to WHO can be found here: http://www.who.int/household_water/scheme/applicant/en/.

 

Pertinent Links

Scheme Round I and II Webinar Agenda

WebinarQ&A

Presentation Pt 1: Results from Round I and Lessons for Round II

Presentation Pt 2: Round II – Nuts and Bolts

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M&E Toolkit Webinar #1: Intro to the Toolkit

Date: 6 August 2014

Presenters: Ryan Rowe, The Water Institute at UNC and Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University

Webinar Notes: HWTS M&E Toolkit Intro

Host: Megan Grzybowski, Triple Quest

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