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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = drinking_water
A drinking water source which provides potable water for consumption. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
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 drinking. This includes  drinking fountains or bubblers, water taps, water wells, springs and water points. Generally, this feature provides small quantities of water. If the drinking water is provided in large quantities for refilling water tanks in boats, motorhomes, etc. use amenity=water_point.

How to map

Add amenity=drinking_water to an existing element or create a new one.

Usually these features are open to the general public without access restrictions or fees. Thus, not every water taps in private houses shall be mapped – drinkable water from a water supply network is not a valid reason to map amenity=drinking water in every house connected to it.

Useful combinations

Tag bottle=yes if the feature offers an easy way to fill a portable water container. Add drinking_water:refill=yes if an establishment (café, bar, etc.) participates in a water refill network – indicated by a visible sticker or sign – so you can refill a bottle free of charge.

For tagging the water temperature, cold_water=yes/no, warm_water=yes and hot_water=yes/no are in use.

capacity=* indicates how many people can use the feature at the same time.

indoor=* indicates whether the feature is located indor or outdoor.

amenity=drinking water is not describing what structure provides drinkable water. Some of typical tags that may be used on the same node include:

If applicable, name=* can carry the main name – e.g. the prominetly signposted one – and operator=* the operator.

Alternative tagging

The tag drinking_water=* is used as an indication whether a physical feature provides potable water. For example a public toilet may provide drinking water, but this is not the primary purpose, thus amenity=toilets + drinking_water=yes is more appropriate than amenity=drinking_water. In order to map on a fine level of granularity, it is also acceptable to mark the individual water sources as a amenity=drinking_water, e.g. within a bigger building.

Photo examples

Picture Tags
Water flowing from drinking water tap.jpg
wikimedia_commons=File:Water flowing from drinking water tap.jpg

Element on the map

BensonBubbler.jpg One of the 40 "Benson Bubblers" with four drinking fountains, Portland, Oregon
Nasona a via annia faustina 2.JPG Nasone drinking fountain, Rome, Italy
Le Mont-Saint-Michel France Water-tap-01.jpg
wikimedia_commons=File:Le Mont-Saint-Michel France Water-tap-01.jpg
20230101 DrinkingWater WaterFountain.jpg A drinking fountain with a protruding access for wheelchairs and a lower bowl for dogs to drink, Redmond, Washington, USA.
wikimedia_commons=File:20230101 DrinkingWater WaterFountain.jpg

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 OpenStreetMap show drinking water more prominently.

Common/possible tagging mistakes

If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!

See also

  • man_made=water_tap + drinking_water=no for publicly accessible water taps supplying water that is not drinkable - e.g. on cemeteries for watering plants and washing graves.
  • 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
  • amenity=fountain - is a fountain for used for cultural, decoration and/or recreational purposes, and refined by fountain=* to define subtypes and sometimes also styles
  • disused:amenity=drinking_water - may be used as a method of marking fountains requiring minor repair e.g. those without water. This tagging may remove them from most maps.
  • abandoned:amenity=drinking_water - may be used as a method of marking fountains requiring expensive repair. Usually these have been left for some time as 'disused' before falling to 'abandoned'. This tagging may remove them from most maps.