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A fountain with cultural, decorational or historical significance or which serves a recreational purpose. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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Group: Water management
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Status: approvedPage for proposal



A fountain with cultural, decorational or historical significance or which serves a recreational purpose.

This might range from the usual fountain that you'll find in lots of city centers, up to large fountains like the Trevi Fountain in Rome that can act as a landmark and is also a tourist destination. The water of fountains tagged as amenity=fountain might not be drinkable – especially the large ornamental ones. Use drinking_water=* to specify drinkability.


Draw a node node or an area area and tag with amenity=fountain. The area should encompass the whole fountain.

Note semantics of areas tagged amenity=fountain vary widely in practical use between the following variants. It either represents

  • the whole construction of the fountain including walls etc.
  • an area of usually standing water that is part of the fountain
  • a hull polygon enclosing all the nozzles of the fountain (like here or here).

If the fountain provides drinking water and meets the requisites for being tagged as a fountain, add an additional tag drinking_water=yes (see the tag page for more detailed tagging).

Please tag a  drinking fountain as amenity=drinking_water.

Please tag springs as natural=spring (possibly with drinking_water=yes).

Other useful generic tags :

  • name=* - The name of the fountain.
  • drinking_water=yes/no - Indication whether a feature provides drinking water
  • lit=yes/no - Are there lights shining on/in the fountain?
  • fountain=* - A tag to indicate the subtype of the fountain
  • tourism=attraction - if fountain is a tourism attraction

Related tags

  • natural=water - for water basin that very often surrounds fountain or is part of it
  • amenity=drinking_water - Place to get "drinking water" for personal usage (hiking, spa, ...). Also used for drinking fountains.
  • amenity=water_point - Place to get larger amounts of "drinking water" e.g. for caravans
  • natural=spring - Water flowing out of the ground. May have a fountain build around (see Roman Bath in Bath, U.K)
  • man_made=water_well - A man made excavation in the ground to gain water from an aquifer.



See also