Water Point Mapping for Rural Water Supply in Local Government Authorities (LGAs)

The Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP) had identified a clear and urgent need to create an accurate rural water supply monitoring tool. The purpose of the WSDP was to develop rural and urban water supply infrastructure in order to improve water supply, sanitation services and sustainability as well as to strengthen sector institutions and their capacities.

To fulfil this objective, the actors involved in the WSDP required precise and up-to-date information regarding the current coverage of functional and non-functional rural public water points. The Ministry of Water (MoW) adopted the Water Point Mapping methodology to conduct a comprehensive baseline survey of rural water points on the Tanzania mainland. This methodology involved:

  • Geo-location of each public water point using a Global Positioning System (GPS);
  • Taking of a geo-tagged photograph of each water point; and
  • Monitoring of data on the functionality and management of each water point, technical specifications, and quality and quantity of the water available.

Type of services provided:

  • Conduction of a baseline survey of all rural public water points in the 132 LGAs (Local Government Administrations) of the mainland Tanzania;
  • Design, development and institutionalisation of an operational web-based system to produce freely accessible maps and data relating to water point functionality and coverage;
  • Allowance of district and regional offices to enter new data into the central database via Internet;
  • Integratation the Water Point Mapping system into the LGA monitoring systems and practices;
  • Strengthening of the capacities of MoW and LGA staff to use and update the WPM system.
Ministry of Water
World Bank
12/2010 – 12/2013
Contract value: 2,780,760 €