Talk:Key:drinking water

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Do not use drinking_water=no with amenity=drinking_water

The main page should clarify that drinking_water=no should not be used as a modifier to amenity=drinking_water, since one of those is always assumed to provide potable water. Taps for non-potable water demand their own class of amenity. There's a more general principle at work here: OSM tags on a single object should never be self-contradictory; see the argument at disused=*. --achadwick 12:12, 29 November 2011 (UTC)


Do we need this value?

In February 2014 it is used 10 times out of 3082.

This value don't say anything about the seasons. Is there water in the summer or in the winter? Without this additional information the tag is not very helpful.

--Rudolf (talk) 13:37, 10 February 2014 (UTC)


I'm sorry: I've missed the voting proposal. April was too busy... I would have approved, with some conditions.

I'm not at ease with drinking_water:legal=* because the value drinking_water:legal=no would imply that it is forbiden to drink the water. And off course, it is not the case. There is no access:legal=*, nor maxspeed:legal=*. see Talk:Proposed features/drinkable

I'm very more in favour of values suggesting that the water can be drunk at your own risk, and describing the risk. I suggested values that are already in use and was discussed in several lists or forum : not_surveyed_spring, rainwater_tank, catched_spring... Maybe those values are bad French translation and could be better, but the principle is there.

The solution with an intermediate value like drinking_water=conditional and a tag explaining the condition drinking_water:condition=boiled/filterd or so... or explaining the context drinking_water:type=rainwater_tank/not_surveyed_spring or so, seems better to me.

The tag drinking_water:legal=* is still not used. So I suggest to avoid it.

--FrViPofm (talk) 09:38, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

The tag drinking_water:legal=* shows the legal situation and depends mostly on the laws of the related country. Noone is forced to use this tag. There is no problem with creating additional tags as drinking_water:condition=* or drinking_water:type=*. One question: where do you find boiled water? --Rudolf (talk) 13:39, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

The values 'boiled' and 'filtered' should be 'boil' and filter' as instructions to make the water drinkable. A possible addition is the value 'grey_water'? (User Warin61:Warin61) February 2015 (UTC)

Should this tag be used to distinguish water qualities? If that was the case, values such as grey_water would imply that it is NOT drinking water as it can contain chemical residues and other contaminations not possible to filter or sterilise with boiling. --Skippern (talk) 03:00, 1 February 2015 (UTC)