Tag:man_made=water_tap

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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = water_tap
Water tap in Frejus.jpg
Description
Publicly usable water tap Edit or translate this description.
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

A water tap is a man-made construction providing access to water, supplied by water distribution system (unlike in case of man_made=water_well, where groundwater may be used directly). Taps are suitable for refilling bottles, so bottle_refill=yes should be assumed. The tag man_made=water_tap is used for publicly usable water taps, such as those in the cities and graveyards.

Water taps may provide potable and technical water, which can be specified with drinking_water=yes and drinking_water=no. man_made=water_tap can be used to describe water point (also commonly called drinking water) more in detail.

It should not be used to tag fire hydrants, for which a special emergency=fire_hydrant tag is available. Consider adding also more general amenity=drinking_water where it is drinkable water.

Water tap can be activated by turning handle or pressing button or other method[1] and one of defining requirements is that user interacts with it to start water flow[2]

Note that man_made=drinking_fountain providing tiny upward jet of water does not need to be tagged as a water tap nor does amenity=shower.


Related tags

Examples

Picture Tags
Faucets 水龍頭 - panoramio.jpg
man_made=water_tap
drinking_water=yes
amenity=drinking_water
wikimedia_commons=File:Faucets_水龍頭_-_panoramio.jpg

public press button water tap, Florence, Italy

Bristol (UK), Brunel's ss Great Britain -- 2013 -- 1606.jpg
man_made=water_tap
drinking_water=no
wikimedia_commons=File:Bristol (UK), Brunel's ss Great Britain -- 2013 -- 1606.jpg

Not all water taps provide drinking water. It is useful to add drinking_water=no or amenity=drinking_water to them.

Water flowing from drinking water tap.jpg
man_made=water_tap
fountain=drinking (note that this is controversial! It is quite awkward to contort yourself to "drink directly" from this. Better is to draw water from this tap into your hydration bottle, then drink from that. See https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2022-October/thread.html#65682 and https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:man_made%3Dwater_tap#Adding_the_tag_fountain-drinking for discussion of that)
amenity=drinking_water
drinking_water=yes
drinking_water:legal=yes
wikimedia_commons=File:Water flowing from drinking water tap.jpg

[1]

Bubbler.jpg
man_made=water_tap This is controversial.
fountain=bubbler This is controversial.
drinking_water=yes
amenity=drinking_water
wikimedia_commons=File:Bubbler.jpg.jpg

This 'bubbler' is also considered by some as water tap as it is activated by its user[3]. This is controversial as the 'tap' component is a valve that also occurs in amenity=shower and there is no suggestion that showers need to be mapped as a 'tap'. Some consider this would be better mapped as man_made=drinking_fountain particularly as 'bubbler' is not British English and only used in some locations none of which are entire countries.

Similar features

Picture Tags
Fountain at Milan citadel.JPG
amenity=fountain
Bubbler.jpg
man_made=drinking_fountain
amenity=drinking_water

Drinking water signs

Not drinking water signs

Rendering

Possible rendering:

Water tap.png

See also

References