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A small body of standing water, man-made in most cases Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: water
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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)
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

A pond: a body of standing water, man-made in most cases, that is usually smaller than a water=lake.

This tag is non-specific. Check if there is another more specific tag which could be used instead:

  • Natural or semi-natural areas of still water are usually tagged with water=lake or water=oxbow
  • Salt evaporation ponds should be tagged with landuse=salt_pond
  • Other evaporation ponds should be tagged with basin=evaporation
  • Open-air man-made swimming pools are tagged with leisure=swimming_pool
  • Artificial lakes and ponds are also tagged with water=reservoir if they are formed by a dam across a valley or natural depression
  • water=basin and landuse=basin are used for an area of land artificially graded to hold water
  • water=reflecting_pool - a water feature found in gardens, parks, and at memorial sites which consists of a shallow pool of water, undisturbed by fountain jets, for a calm reflective surface.
  • water=wastewater - A clarifier/settling basin of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • water=fountain - the water area of a decorative or recreational fountain.

How to map

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

Very small pond can be mapped with a node node.

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