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Public-images-osm logo.svg water = ditch
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The water covered area of a waterway=ditch - a simple artificial waterway serving as a barrier or for draining surrounding land. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: water
Used on these elements
should not 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
See also
Status: de facto

The tag water=ditch is used with natural=water to map the water covered area of a waterway=ditch: a simple artificial waterway serving as a barrier or for draining surrounding land. Should contain a waterway=ditch way inside.

How to map

Draw the ditch area area outline.

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

Add natural=water and water=ditch.

Also map a separate way way with waterway=ditch in the direction of water flow.

Tags used in combination

  • name=* - if the ditch has a commonly used name
  • intermittent=yes - if the ditch 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=canal - the water area of a canal, a man-made channel for water. Contains a waterway=canal 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 - the area of a river. Contains a waterway=river way inside.