WPDx Sets its Sights on Achieving its Updated Mission

In 2014, the Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx) was launched to tackle a widely-identified issue: organizations in the WASH sector were not coordinating as well as they could be. Part of the issue, as identified by numerous sector experts, was that data about water access projects were not shared transparently or in a standardized way. […]

The Era of Precision WASH

We are entering a new era in the WASH sector. Nearly a decade ago, a small NGO called Water for People developed a mobile phone application that could allow users to map their water infrastructure. This innovation became Akvo Flow and provided a massive jump beyond the previous approaches of paper and pen. Over the […]

How Water Point Data are Improving Services

This blog post, written by Nicolas Dickinson and Felix Knipschild, originally appeared on the IRC blog. Recent research by WASHNote and IRC Uganda shows how data about water points are being used to improve drinking water services. The research provides actionable guidance for national and local governments, NGOs and donors on how to make the best […]

APT Helps Transform Data into Decisions

Analytics software company Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) recently partnered with WPDx to carry out an evaluation of one of the world’s largest publicly available monitoring data sets. Covering nearly 400,000 water sources – such as wells or pumps – in more than 30 countries around the world, the WPDx data library is entirely free and […]

New Article Published using WPDx Data

A team of researchers from the University of Southampton and UNICEF have leveraged WPDx data in a new article published in the “International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.” The article by Weiyu Yu, Nicola A. Wardrop, Robert Bain, and Jim A. Wright uses WPDx data and other water point mapping data to explore the potential for linking […]

Feedback Requested: Proposal To Add Water Quality Attributes

A new proposal has been made by Global Water Challenge to modify the WPDx standard and the global WASH community is invited to provide feedback. Please see the full proposal here, and provide and feedback in the commments. Feedback will be accepted until June 23. The attributes being proposed include: Proposed Attributes #fecal_coliform Results of e. […]

Living Water International Shares Over 3,000 Water Point Records, Adding 5 New Countries to WPDx

Living Water International has demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration and transparency by sharing over 3,000 water point records across 20 countries through WPDx. This valuable contribution adds key additional information to existing countries with extensive coverage in WPDx such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Liberia, helping to provide a more complete picture. Beyond adding […]

Combining Two Powerful Platforms for Unprecedented Impact: WPDx and WASHWatch

For years, WASHWatch has served as the go-to source for tracking global progress towards water, sanitation and hygiene access. This information hub serves as a key tool for civil society to  hold governments to  account, improve transparency and advocating for change. Of course, this information isn’t just for civil society. Governments can also track their progress and gain a […]

Bringing Order to the Wide Open Fields

As many WPDx users have noted, the WPDx standard includes several open text fields, including #water_tech, #water_source, and #status. Unlike fields that require a choice from a list of values or a specific number format, users can provide any text in these fields to describe a type of water point and its status. While open […]