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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = reservoir
Ambiguous and better alternatives exist, see wiki.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: In use

Man made body of stored water. May be covered or uncovered.

There was considerable confusion whether landuse=reservoir is deprecated, but it turned out to be not deprecated and landuse=reservoir is used much wider than "new" way natural=water + water=reservoir.

It may be a good idea to tag the actual water body with natural=water + water=reservoir in addition or instead of landuse=reservoir. See also the approved water details proposal and pointers to discussion on talk page.

Currently most renderers will interpret and draw landuse=reservoir as a visible open water area.

How to tag

Begin by placing a node or a closed way on the map, and tagging it with

Tag Description
landuse=reservoir A man-made body of stored water.

It sometimes makes sense to add the following tags:

Tag Description
name=* The name of the reservoir, if known.
covered=yes/no Whether the reservoir is covered[1], typically buried underground.
natural=water + water=reservoir Can be added if the reservoir is also a body of open water.


Blue area.

Osmarender has different rendering rules using the key reservoir_type=*:


  • approved and active: water details proposal which obsoletes this tag
  • in mail discussions the wish was formulated to create a tagging scheme covering areas and objects related to water reservoirs (a superset of the current definition). Although it might seem logical to use landuse=reservoir for such purpose this would conflict with the current widely used definitions and another tagging scheme should be proposed instead.

See also


  1. Covered reservoir example: Wikipedia "File:Stroud Green (covered reservoir).gif"[1]