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The area covered by the water of a canal Edit or translate this description.
Group: Water
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: approvedPage for proposal

The area of covered by the water of a canal. Should contain waterway=canal way inside.

How to map

Draw the outline area of the canal and add natural=water + water=canal.

If the canal is very long, it must be divided into several segments.

In addition a way way tagged as waterway=canal, must be drawn in the direction of the canal flow.

Tags used in combination

  • name=* - if the canal has a commonly used name
  • intermittent=yes - if the canal is intermittently filled with water

See also

  • water=moat - A moat: a deep, wide defensive ditch, normally filled with water, dug to surround a fortified habitation
  • water=ditch - the water area of a ditch, a simple artificial waterway serving as a barrier or for draining surrounding land. Contains a waterway=ditch way inside.
  • water=drain - the water area of a drain, an artificial waterway used for carrying superfluous water, lined with concrete or similar. Contains a waterway=drain way inside.
  • water=river or waterway=riverbank - the area of a river. Contains a waterway=river way inside. In the past some canals were mapped with waterway=riverbank for the area, but this is discouraged.