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Public-images-osm logo.svg landcover = water
A water covered area. See more common tags: natural=water, waterway=riverbank, leisure=swimming_pool, landuse=reservoir, landuse=basin, natural=wetland Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: landcover
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
See also
Status: proposedPage for proposal

The tag landcover=water is very rarely used to map water covered areas. It is usually applied to inland bodies of water rather parts of the sea which is outside of the natural=coastline . In most cases a more common tag such as natural=water is added as well, or more rarely waterway=riverbank, landuse=reservoir, landuse=basin, or leisure=swimming_pool. It is not commonly used with natural=wetland.

Usage of landcover=water is very small, its usage is thousands of times lower than of tags, and it is not currently supported by any major database users, such as publically available map renderings.