Transforming Bauchi Urban Water Distribution System Map

  • S. S. Garba Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
  • Z. M. Baba Department of Geomatics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • J. D. Dodo Space Geodesy and Systems Division, Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics, Toro, Nigeria
Keywords: Map, Geographical Information System (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), Geo-reference, Water distribution


Maps are important in running urban utilities. The map available at utility organization such as Bauchi State Water Board is often inadequate in view of the possibilities of modern maps to meet needs such as design, construction, maintenance and research. The available map was assessed, scanned and georeferenced. Together with high-resolution image (Pleiades image of 0.2m spatial resolution), the water network was digitized. Management staff and technical staff were asked on their knowledge of map and modern mapping facilities. They were also asked on how they use the existing map in their routines. There is lack of general map properties like scale and projection on the existing map. There is lack of understanding amongst the management of modern mapping tools; there was low usage of the map (probably because of the map inadequacy). The existing map was transformed into a digital map and georeferenced. Further, it was digitized allowing for each elements of the water network to be uniquely represented. This study therefore recommends that the material of this research could be integrated into the existing system of BSWB as well as in GIS framework for education and proper utilization of the resources by the immediate community.


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