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A drinking water source provides potable water for consumption. Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Amenities
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: approvedPage for proposal

Drinking water is a place where humans can obtain potable water for consumption. Typically, the water is used for only drinking. This includes the drinking fountain or bubbler, water taps, water wells and water points.

How to Map


This tag value should be used on nodes or areas that shows the source of a potable water that humans can drink from. Generally, this feature provides small quantities of water. Tag bottle=yes if it offers an easy way to fill a portable water container.


You can use the key fountain=* to map subtypes of drinking fountains and fountains. Also it is proposed to tag drinking fountains/bubblers with man_made=drinking_fountain.

Temperature additional tags

There is also warm_water=yes in use.

Alternative Tags

The tag drinking_water=* is used as a indication whether a physical feature provides safe drinking water or potable water for consumption. When mapping with this tag it has a fine level of granularity, it is acceptable to mark the individual water sources as a amenity=drinking_water.

For example when tagging a natural=spring that has potable water for use, one may tag the spring with drinking_water=yes.

See also

  • man_made=water_tap may be additionally used for a water tap
  • drinking_water=* indicates whether a feature provides safe drinking water.
  • amenity=water_point is a place to get larger amounts of drinking water, usually for caravans, RV's, or boats.
  • amenity=watering_place is a place where animals drink water
  • natural=spring is used where water flows naturally out of the ground.
    • Theses may have a fountain built around it. For example see Roman Bath in Bath, U.K.
  • amenity=fountain is a fountain for used for cultural, decoration and/or recreational purposes.
  • man_made=water_well is a man made excavation in the ground to gain water from an aquifer.
  • disused:amenity=drinking_water is used as a method of marking broken fountains. Which may remove them from most maps.
  • bottle=* can a water bottle be easily filled here?
  • fountain=* for subtypes of drinking water fountains and fountains.
  • shop=water for shops that sell water. Note that amenity=drinking_water, which implies no-fee access to water, is not appropriate for these shops.

Photo Examples

Drinking water road signs

Proposal History

External links

  • www.wetap.org – iOS applications (Android coming soon, it says) for collecting drinking water photos/locations/status.
  • OSMBright-drinkingwater – Files to make the OSMBright theme for OpenStreetMaps show drinking water more prominently.

Common/Possible Tagging Mistakes

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