Talk:Proposed features/Beach and bathing water quality

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Generic key for bathing quality

The EU is not the world and vice-versa so I would really like to see a more generic key for bathing water quality. Why not use something like bathing_water_quality=excellent|good|...|dont_put_your_toes_in_it? Then we define some kind of mapping of the EU water quality to our system. So we could incorporate also other ratings and data consumers can be kept simple. --Imagic 19:53, 26 August 2012 (BST)

Sounds nice, there usually are demands on having some kind of prefixed key. Could we use tourism: maybe, or award: as proposed?
If we leave the prefix-discussion, I propose this:
  • bathing_water:water_type= sea/river/lake/estuary
  • bathing_water:sea_water=yes/no or maybe sea/fresh
  • bathing_water:status=compliant
  • bathing_water:quality=poor/sufficent/good/excellent
something similar could be used for drinking_water:quality. That might settle the potable versus drinkable-discussion.
/Johan Jönsson 18:40, 19 September 2012 (BST)
As the award:-proposal was rejected it is time to pursue this way instead. Tagging more objective properties like water_quality, I will try to make a new proposal on this page and archive the current award-based one./Johan Jönsson (talk) 20:15, 16 June 2013 (UTC)


We need to mark water quality as well. We are a non-profit organization residing in Denmark. Our municipalities sometimes use their own classifications of water quality. How about a polygon with a default distance from the seashore (like 300 meters) where the polygon is color filled according to bathing_water_rendition=some color?. It should be easy for non-technical users to see the water quality on a long stretch of beach. FKBN 07:41, 30 March 2013 (BST)

Good idea

I think this is a great idea. We should discuss it more and vote on it as soon as possible, I believe. Pizzaiolo (talk) 19:29, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

I also consider it a good proposal. But why vote on it? --Imagic (talk) 07:51, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Intermediate solution

While official information on water quality are quite available for big rivers and official swimming lakes, it is not easy to find information for streams. However, it is not difficult to find out if a wastewater plant discharges cleaned sewage into a stream: Just look if a plant is located near a stream. I suggest using discharge=permanent for such streams. For example, in Germany many wastewater plants are not able to remove germs from sewage so swimming is discouraged. discharge=intermittent could be used if rainwater+sewage is discharged into the river in a combined-sewer system. --Lukie80 (talk) 16:07, 27 June 2018 (UTC)