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

Detailed description of project:

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

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

  • 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:

  • Conduct a baseline survey of all rural public water points in the 132 LGAs (Local Government Administrations) of the mainland Tanzania;
  • Design, develop and institutionalise an operational web-based system to produce freely accessible maps and data relating to water point functionality and coverage;
  • Allow district and regional offices to enter new data into the central database via Internet;
  • Integrate the Water Point Mapping system into the LGA monitoring systems and practices;
  • Strengthen the capacities of MoW and LGA staff to use and update the WPM system.


Ministry of Water
World Bank
12/2010 – 12/2019
Contract value: 2,780,760 €