Employing the full versions of GIS
software with its numerous functions to manage case-specific applications is becoming inconvenient for many reasons.
A convenient solution that is spreading worldwide to solve this problem is to
develop customized tools that use the same GIS concept to meet specific
applications. The water resource department in Gaza strip has been facing
technical and financial difficulties in using the full GIS versions in managing
groundwater resources. Thus, the objective of this paper was to develop a
customized standalone GIS-Based ground water quality assessment tool (GWQAT) to
be used by the water resources management department in Gaza strip. GWQAT was developed using Microsoft visual basic
programming language, a regression mathematical model, map objects, and map
files generated from ESRI ARC Info. GWQAT was designed to achieve many
functions such as mapping, map overlaying, buffering, charting, soil hydro-geological profiling, and
predicting future groundwater quality parameters variations. The simplicity and validity of
GWQAT was demonstrated by its application on the groundwater quality parameters in Gaza strip wells with emphasis
on chloride concentration.
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