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Public-images-osm logo.svg usage = irrigation
Acequia Albufera.jpg
Specifies a waterway which carries water intended for agriculture Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: properties
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: in use

Artificial waterways which bring water to agriculture fields or facilities may be tagged with usage=irrigation

How to map

  • Add to a way which is also tagged as a waterway=canal feature
  • Some mappers have also used this tag with waterway=ditch – however this is controversial, because waterway=ditch was originally defined as carrying away superfluous water.

Alternative tagging

History chart for usage=irrigation service=irrigation canal=irrigation and irrigation=yes from taghistory.raifer.tech
  • irrigation=yes was the first tag used, starting it 2011.
    As of May 2019, it has been used 200 times with canals and 2000 times with ditches.
    Most of these tags were added between 2011 and 2013.
  • service=irrigation was used starting in 2012,
    as as of May 2019 is used 12,000 times,
    twice as often as usage=irrigation, however, usage=irrigation is increasing quickly.
  • A couple hundred canals are tagged canal=irrigation