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E.g. on graveyards there are water-taps that are used for filling waterings-cans. This water is then used for pouring on flowers etc.

That means, this water does not need to be drinkable (It probable is, but no guarantee).

Currently, I'm using the general "man_made=water_well" for these taps, but that is still a bit off (no well, just a tap). Is there a better way to tag ?

"amenity=drinking water" and "amenity=watering place" also don't fit for this purpose.

asked 06 Nov '13, 22:18

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(11 Jan '15, 11:00) Kotya

A reasonably often used tag is amenity=water (something over 600 times) which is probably the most neutral tag we have. All the others with the exception of fountain tend to imply potable water.

I would add a drinking_water=no in any case.

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answered 31 Aug '14, 13:15

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edited 31 Aug '14, 15:03

I agree, though I think it is very non-specific. Do you think proposing a new amenity value "water-tap" would be a good idea? I've never proposed anything in OSM before, but I'd gladly give it a try.

(31 Aug '14, 14:47) Kotya

I think the basic question is do you want to create a completly new feature or use additional attributes that are potentially already in use to define the object better,

In the specific case something along the lines of

amenity=water tap=yes drinking_water=no

If you do go down this route please create a wiki page for the tags.

(31 Aug '14, 15:07) SimonPoole ♦

I have just proposed a new tag: man_madeamenity = water_tap. Used together with drinking_water = no|yes|conditional or without it, if the water quality is unknown or unspecified, it would be the answer to the original question. Please consider discussing it at the discussion page or voting for/against it once the voting period starts (in about 2 weeks from now).

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answered 13 Oct '14, 08:39

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I don't think the man_made with respect to a water_tap is correct in an osm context. Check how man_made is used in osm... I feel it is clearly an amenity for the community as Simon has suggested and I prefer you follow along those lines.

(13 Oct '14, 11:28) nevw

@nevw, good point. I have conceived the water-tap idea before Simon added his comment and haven't noticed it later. Hence couldn't take it into account. It's great we converge. I've modified the proposal.

(15 Oct '14, 08:26) Kotya

For future searh engine hits, here in Copenhagen we are using "man_made=water_tap" for this sort of thing, see the discussion here:

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answered 03 Aug '18, 15:31

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Hi Hajo what about adding man_made=water_well and ad drinking_water=no that should do.

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answered 06 Nov '13, 22:52

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The water-quality is unknown.
So, adding "drinking_water=no" needs an extra step, but doesn't really provide any extra information.

(06 Nov '13, 23:45) hajo

I don't think water_well is the right key here. A tap is not a "structure created in the ground ... to access groundwater". I've asked the question in the forum:, hope to get a clarification there.

(31 Aug '14, 10:19) Kotya

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