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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = drinking_fountain
Provides a small jet of drinking water. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: proposed

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This is not (yet?) an established feature, as it is almost not used. Consider it a proposed feature. Most drinking fountains are tagged as just amenity=drinking_water as name "drinking fountain" is not popular, most people are not interested in tagging exact form of drinking water source and probably also because there was no proper tag describing the device before.

A  drinking fountain or bubbler is a man-made device providing a small jet of water for drinking. Usually supplied by centralized water distribution and (usually) equipped with a user-accessible valve. Drinking fountains provide potable water.
The construction and operation of the  drinking fountain is significantly different from the larger decorative  fountain.

How to map

This tag should be used on nodes node at the location of the drinking fountain.

Add man_made=drinking_fountain, and, if it is actually a source of drinking water, amenity=drinking_water. Usually you should add both tags.

If there is a tap co-located then use man_made=water_tap with the tag drinking_fountain=yes, this allows the tap to have either drinking water or technical (non drinking) water.

Supplementary tags

Tags describing the water quality are usually not required as it is usually safe (potable). Only tag cases where there is some indication that the water is unsafe, the OSM default assumes that it is safe.

Alternative tags

Please note that the tag amenity=drinking_water was the first tag describing access to potable water. It fails to describe the method used to access the water. It my be useful to use additionally a more specific tag such as man_made=water_tap, man_made=water_well.


Example Photos

See also

  • fountain=* for tagging a subtype of fountain or drinking fountain