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Indicates the source of the water for features that provide or use water. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: water
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)may be used on relations
Documented values: 2
Useful combination


Status: approvedPage for proposal

water_source=* can be used to indicate the source of the water for features that provide or use water.

This tag was initially approved for use in combination with emergency=fire_hydrant, but it has been used for other features as well, such as shelters and campsites.


  • "main" describes a connection to a pressurized water main

Common values:

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Shelters and huts

Sometimes water is hard to find at a site and you have to plan accordingly. Proposed value: "no means that there is no water found nearby. No lakes, streams within 2 km." Consider making sure that all streams, river and lakes in the area is mapped before adding this tag.