Newsletter: October 30, 2014, Issue #48



Global WaSH News

WaSH and Ebola addressed at 2014 Water and Health Conference

The Ebola Virus epidemic that has struck several countries in West Africa and now Western Europe and the United States has raised many questions and concerns about the transmission and spread of the virus. The virus has not been extensively studied in the context of risks associated with WaSH. However, much is known about Ebola and other viruses that provide the basis for addressing many WaSH-related questions concerning potential environmental transmission routes and their human exposure risks. These were discussed at a special event held during the 2014 Water and Health Conference. The panel’s presentation is available here: W&H Conference Ebola and WaSH Session Presentation.

KPMG World Vision survey

A brief survey of WaSH implementing organizations was prepared by KPMG and World Vision. Survey results will be used by KPMG to generate an aggregated estimate of the people who will be reached this year and next year with WaSH programs. The purpose is to show the progress being made and the gaps needed to fill in order to solve the global water crisis. To learn more about the survey’s purpose or to participate in the survey, visit: Blog.

Conference News

2014 Water and Health Conference Multi-Media Online

The Water Institute at UNC wishes to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Water and Health Conference a great success including our sponsors, participants, presenters, and special guests. We have added a great deal of multi-media to the Conference website at Materials include presentations, video footage of plenary sessions, blog posts about the Conference, and Future Technologies for Water Competition presentations video. Also, under “Conference News”, you will find links to the #UNCWH2014 Twitter stream and our Storify site chronicling social media activity and photos from the Conference. Keep checking the website, as we will continue to add presentations and plenary summaries as they come available.

2015 Nexus Conference

The 2015 Nexus Conference will be held March 15-17, 2015 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A. The abstract and side event proposal deadline has been extended to November 10, 2014.
The Conference themes are:

  • Sustainable and Resilient Development at a Local Level
  • Transboundary, National, and Local Nexus Governance
  • Corporate Stewardship of the Nexus
  • Financing in a Nexus World
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Water Stress, vulnerability, and Health
  • Managing Resources: Optimizing Co-Demands

Visit the conference website at for more information.

2015 Water Microbiology Conference

The 2015 Water Microbiology Conference will be held May 18-22, 2015 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., U.S.A.

Water Institute News

Distance Learning Opportunity: Analysis of Data Module for Monitoring and Evaluation

The fifth module for The Water Institute’s online Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) course, “Analysis of Data,” will open on October 31. The self-paced M&E online program consists of 10 core modules, including basic design issues, approaches to sampling, conducting surveys and continuous quality improvement. For more information, contact

New Team Members
Jen Bogle is now a knowledge management associate for the Institute. She is a recent graduate of the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Water: Systems, Science, and Society programs at Tufts University, where she focused her fieldwork and studies on community water access and land rights. Prior to studying at Tufts, Jen was a project manager and strategic planner at a global environmental consulting firm. Jen and Ryan Rowe will lead Knowledge Management work for the Institute.
Katie Hall joins The Water Institute as a communications associate. She comes to us from the UNC Institute for the Environment, where she managed communications and events since 2011. Katie graduated from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and worked in environmental policy before coming to UNC. She will join Ashley McKinney and Chris Cline in leading communications activities for the Institute.
Kate Shields, who joined the Water Institute in January 2014, is now a research associate. In this role, she will contribute her research and analysis expertise to projects on monitoring, evaluation and learning, community-led total sanitation, WaSH marketing, and more. A Chapel Hill native, she spent three years living and working in Istanbul, Turkey before completing master’s degrees in Epidemiology/International Health and Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan.
Clean Business

The Water Institute is collaborating with the International WaterCentre, Monash University, University of the South Pacific and Live and Learn on a new project funded by the Australian Government to inform the development of sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services. The project was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. More information on the project can be found here.

Recent Publications on WaSH from UNC Researchers

Dodds, F, Laguna-Celis J, and Thompson L. The Plain Language Guide to Rio+20: Preparing for the New Development Agenda, 2014. New World Frontiers Publications.

Twenty years after the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, the Rio+20 conference in 2012 positioned sustainable development at the center of the global development agenda and made it the basis for eradicating poverty, improving quality of life, and transforming economies. In plain language, this book sets out the background to Rio+20 and the discussions shaping new Sustainable Development Goals expected to be agreed in September 2015. The authors make ten practical recommendations for international and national government decision-makers.

Circuit Rider Post-construction Support: Improvements in Domestic Water Quality and System Sustainability in El Salvador. Kayser, Georgia L, William Moomaw, Jose Miguel Orellana Portillo, and Jeffrey K Griffiths. 2014. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 4 (3): 460–470.

Small, rural, piped water supply systems are often unable to provide reliable, safe, and sustainable services. Circuit Rider (CR) post-construction support (PCS) addresses these challenges through technical, financial, and operational assistance. This article is the first rigorous study of the CRPCS model. In a case-control study in El Salvador, CRPCS communities had better water quality and sustainability outcomes. CRPCS offers practitioners a low-cost approach (< $1/household/year) for improving water services.


Campus WaSH News: Water in Our World

To learn more about UNC’s first campus-wide theme, Water in Our World, visit:

HydroShare Collaborative Environment
Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute), HydroShare is a web-based collaborative environment that allows hydrologists and other scientists studying water-related issues to easily upload data from their research projects, add metadata about the data files, and contribute related links, papers and source data. A beta site is available for testing at
Forests, Green Infrastructure, and the Sustainable City
October 30, 7:00-8:30 PM, Friday Center, Chapel Hill
Dr. Larry Band, the Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography and the Director of the UNC Institute for the Environment, will speak on the needs and new methods for watershed management by ecosystem restoration of existing urban areas, and design of new development, which has direct implications for local watershed management in the Jordan and Falls lakes, both major urban water supplies immediately downstream of our rapidly growing NC Triangle cities. This lecture by Dr. Band is part of the What’s The Big Idea series on environment, titled Future Vision: Survival Tactics for Our Changing Environment and hosted by the Friday Center. The cost to attend this single session is $10.
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