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Pumping station: a facility including pumps and equipment for pumping fluids from one place to another Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: man made
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)
Useful combination
Status: de factoPage for proposal

The tag man_made=pumping_station is used to map a pumping station: a facility including pumps and equipment for pumping fluids from one place to another. Examples include a sewage pumping station, a pumping station for irrigation or drainage, for drinking and industrial water supply, for storing water for energy (pumped storage power plant), the operation of fountains in the castle park, etc.

This tag is only intended for facility with pumping as main purpose. Bigger facilities main involve pumping to feed larger processing systems and you need to look at man_made=water_works, man_made=wastewater_plant, refineries...

Individual man_made=pumps devices may be found inside pumping stations.

Sewage pumping station may be known as sanitary lift station.

How to map

Put a node node at the centre of the pumping station or draw a outline around the area area.

Add man_made=pumping_station and name=* (if there is a commonly used name for this particular station).

Tags used in combination

Use the following tagging to describe a pumping station:

Key Value Comment Recommendation
man_made pumping_station It's a pumping station mandatory
pumping_station=* <activity> The activity in which the station is involved recommended
substance=* <substance> The actual substance processed inside the station optional
name=* <name> The station's name optional
ref=* <reference> The station's reference optional
operator=* <company name> The name of company who operates the station optional

For a more detailed description, pumping_station=* can also be used:

An common alternative is to use the key substance=*

Pipeline substations

If the pumping station is part of a pipeline, pipeline=substation can be used as well.

Disused stations


Photo Location Tagging Comments
Pumping station for irrigation UK


A station designed for irrigation in UK country.
Bage pumping station France


Whatever appearances are, this building is dedicated to water pumping from the lake behind the dam towards another storage upstream.

It can't be reversed and can't produce power. The substation on the right is only designed for power consumption and isn't substation=generation but substation=industrial.

See also