Proposed features/Well Water

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Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: Vanagaudi
Tagging: man_made=well_water
Drafted on:
Proposed on: 2007-11-03


A Well is a shaft into ground for obtaining water (or something else like mineral oil) from an underground source, usually lined with bricks or stones.

As there are also other meaning for "well" the tag should be more precise. It would be better to use "well_water".


For fire brigades the tag "man_made=well_water" is an important icon. Usually it defines the location to fetch water from underground while fighting against forest fires. There are different types of wells used for this purpose:

1) Wells where the fire brigades needs to put their own suction pipe into, 2) and other where just the suction pump needs to be connected to.

Type 1) wells are also used by farmers to water their plants.


key=man_made value=well_water
key=depth value=<depth of the well>
key=quality value=drinkable|not_drinkable
key=pump value=manual|powered
key=lining value=<type of material used to line the well> brick|stone|clay|polymer|...


For the icon this different types needs not to be differentiated as fire brigades usually comes full equipped able to access both types. A possible icon should be similar as used by fire brigades.


The tag "well" should not be used for for the beginning of streams. A tag "waterway=spring" would be better choice for this (see Proposed_features/Spring) Water well are also very important in arid and semi-arid regions as a water source.

Maybe some additional information, like:

  • type of casing
  • dug or drilled
  • max. discharge
  • artesian well

Gummibaerli 23:08, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

  • man_made=water_well seems more natural than man_made=well_water, which looks backwards to me. What other kinds of well are there? man_made=oil_well? 80n 06:11, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
i approve this proposal but i would choose also man_made=water_well. sounds better and seems to be the correct spelling - for example --Patzi 01:18, 10 April 2008 (BST)
why is this abandoned? I think this is a very important feature. A lot of European cities have wells , they help as orientation. Some are tourist attractions (some Italian cities). In North Africa these are vital.
--it is abandoned because it's a duplicate of man_made=water_well.

Fire hydrants

  • amenity=hydrant in respect of fire hydrants ? ShakespeareFan00 20:48, 18 February 2008 (UTC)


is not open yet, planned for 2008-01-17 if there are no unanswered objections