GIS for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Using QGIS

GIS for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Using QGIS


Water-related challenges in developing countries are not limited to water supply and sanitation services. Water shortages experienced by users across the region is plagued with chronic cycles of flooding and drought that are increasing in frequency and severity, in part exacerbated by climate change, and coupled with population growth, significant upland watershed destruction, and non-equitable distributed of water resources.

 There is the need in improving access to water, increasing community capacity to manage and better use water resources, improving water supply infrastructure in arid and semi-arid areas, improving water sanitation and hygiene practices, as well as protecting watersheds.


The training is designed for participants who are proficient in the use of computer system.



After completing this course, participants will be able to:-

  • Evaluate the spatial data requirements in Water Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Use GIS and RS as a tool for monitoring WASH projects Activities
  • Assess spatial data availability
  • Understand the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in WASH programs
  • Use participatory GIS (PGIS) at the community level
  • Carry out water and sanitation modeling using GIS
  • Collect data using Mobile data gathering tools
  • Carry out basic data analysis using statistical software
  • Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data, GPS-based field information in a proper geospatial framework 



Introduction and definitions of key concepts

  • Review of WASH concepts
  • Introduction to GIS concepts

Introduction to GIS Software (QGIS)

  • Principles of GIS
  • Components of GIS Systems
  • GIS Capabilities and Functions in the context of WASH
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure in WASH


  • Introduction to GPS and Global Navigation Satellites
  • GPS configuration, Capturing data from surveys
  • GPS download and related tasks
  • Integrating field GPS data into the GIS database
  • Facilitated Field exercises in GPS Data Collection in WASH


GIS Data Management

  • Data Sources in GIS for WASH
  • Working with GIS Data
  • Attributes manipulation in GIS
  • Tabular data in GIS –import/add and editing tables in GIS
  • GIS database creation
  • GIS database management
  • Facilitated Practical exercises in working with spatial Databases (Geo-databases)


Development and presentation of maps

  • GIS Mapping
  • Styling and symbolization
  • Mapping resources/Project activities
  • Facilitated practical exercises in map making and presentation using the project’s data
  • Basic analysis and Geoprocessing
  • Online Mapping – Google Maps and Fusion Tables

Case studies: GIS application in water quality testing

  • Identify and map critical areas of land use and reveal trends that affect water quality
  • GIS to monitor water levels, water usage, and watch for trends, case study Use of GIS for mapping river contamination.


  • Participatory GIS for WASH
  • Use of Mobile Phones for Data Collection in WASH
  • Multi-Criteria analysis and its application in WASH
  • Case study: GIS and Remote Sensing as a tool in monitoring WASH projects


Statistical data analysis for WASH

  • Introduction to Excel
  • Data Entry and Management with Excel
  • Manipulating data using formulas
  • Preparing data for analysis
  • Creating a list
  • Outlining and Sorting data
  • Entering Data: Data Forms
  • Finding Records Using Criteria
  • Filtering Data
  • Data Auditing
  • Data validation
  • Introduction to Excel Pivot tables
  • Frequency Tables
  • Two Way Tables
  • Any Order Tables
  • Graphing Qualitative Data
  • Graphing Quantitative Data
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Basic Inferential Statistics Tests
  • Basic Regression Analysis
  • Tabulations and Graphics
  • Statistical Data Analysis with Excel
  • Data Quality reporting



The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. 


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with a certificate of completion. 


5 Days 


The training will be held at Geographic Integrated Services Ltd Training Hall, 26, Oduyemi Street, Anifowoshe, Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria 100261 


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our office or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: 08034542221, or



The training fee covers tuition fees, training materials, and lunch.

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