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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.
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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 (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. 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

  • 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 (also sometimes mapped as man_made=drinking_fountain) – provides a small jet of drinking water.
  • 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.

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.

Related tags

  • man_made=water_tap – is a public access point to a centralized water distribution system, containing a valve activated by the user.
  • man_made=water_well – is 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.
  • amenity=water_point – place where you can get larger amounts of "drinking water" for filling a fresh water holding tank.
  • natural=spring – indicates water flowing naturally out of the ground.
  • amenity=fountain – A fountain with cultural, decorative, or historical significance or which serves a recreational purpose.

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

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, RVs, 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.
  • 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.
  • Proposal:Village Pump – for the central, prominent pump of a village – often a landmark