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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 (except multipolygon 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 [W] drinking fountains or bubblers, water taps, water wells, springs and water points. Generally, this feature provides small quantities of water.

Where drinking water is provided in large quantities, use amenity=water_point or waterway=water_point; i.e., for refilling tanks in motorhomes, boats, etc.

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

  • name=* – The main name if applicable; e.g. prominently signposted.
  • operator=* – The operator.
  • bottle=yes – If the feature offers an easy way to fill a portable water container.
  • 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.
  • cold_water=yes/no, warm_water=yes, hot_water=yes/no – The water temperature.
  • capacity=* – Indicates how many people can use the feature at the same time.
  • indoor=* – Indicates whether the feature is located indoor or outdoor.
  • historic=yes – Indicates the historic significance of the feature.
  • fountain=* – Indicates subtype and partly also style of the structure that provides drinkable water.
  • fountain=bubbler – A fountain which provides a small jet of drinking water (also sometimes mapped as man_made=drinking_fountain).
  • seasonal=yes – If turned off or removed for winter.
  • dog=designated – Indicates that there is a separate bowl and water dispenser for dogs. These are typically located low on an outdoor drinking fountain, accessible to dogs.
  • wikimedia_commons=* - a picture of the specific feature is always helpful, take a photo of every fountain and upload it to wikimedia commons, then link it with this tag. Or use a different hoster and link it with image=*.

Nonworking features

It is advised to apply lifecycle tagging, i.e. you add a prefix like "disused:" or "abandoned:" to the main key (amenity). This tagging will likely remove them from most maps.

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, similarly, there are amenity=fountain, amenity=watering_place, natural=spring and others, which are often used in conjunction with 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


One of the 40 "Benson Bubblers" with four drinking fountains, Portland, Oregon

Nasona a via annia faustina 2.JPG

Nasone drinking fountain, Rome, Italy

wikimedia_commons=File:Nasona a via annia faustina 2.JPG
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 protruding access for wheelchairs and a lower bowl for dogs to drink, Redmond, Washington, USA.

wikimedia_commons=File:20230101 DrinkingWater WaterFountain.jpg

Other examples:

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 – A public access point to a centralized water distribution system, containing a valve activated by the user (it may or may not provide drinking water).
  • 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 – A place to get larger amounts of drinking water for filling a fresh water holding tank, usually for caravans, mobile homes/RVs, or boats.
  • waterway=water_point – A specific tag for a place to get larger amounts of drinking water for boats (for example, this tag is extensively used on the UK canal system).
  • amenity=watering_place – A place where animals drink water.
  • amenity=fountain – A fountain for cultural, decoration and/or recreational purposes, and refined by fountain=* to define subtypes and sometimes also styles.
  • 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.
  • man_made=water_well – A man made excavation in the ground to gain water from an aquifer and pump=* can be used to describe how the water is drawn.
  • natural=spring – Indicates water flowing naturally out of the ground.
  • Proposal:Village Pump – For the central, prominent pump of a village – often a landmark.