[Tagging] water=pool

althio althio.forum at gmail.com
Sun Mar 12 15:35:54 UTC 2017

I think just "water=pool" is a bit short and potentially misleading
with other types of pools (reflecting pool, swimming pool, salt pool,

If you don't need a new tag, I would go for
(and let the size and position of the feature show that it is a small
body of water on a river)
After all, it is a kind of lake, only much smaller ;)
The various definitions to distiguish lake/pond are quite messy, I do
not want to go there.
Please also note that in current OSM wiki: water=lake "should be
considered default for natural=water, when no water or other
descriptive tags are specified".
I think it is good enough for the kind of semantics we are trying to
achieve in OSM.

Otherwise, if I cannot convince you with that alone, at least expand
to "stream_pool", like:




-- althio

On 11 March 2017 at 10:24, Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm looking for a tag for "A small and rather deep collection of (usually)
> fresh water, as one supplied by a spring, or occurring in the course of a
> stream;" https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pool#English also like
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stream_pool.
> They come in all shapes and sizes but are usually part of a stream/creek
> where it is deep enough for water to collect there.
> Some photo examples:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136319147@N08/32171903253/in/datetaken-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136319147@N08/32986671125/in/datetaken-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136319147@N08/25031837975/in/datetaken-public/
> It's not a lake which is much larger.
> I don't think it's right to use water=pond, which is "man-made in most
> cases", and seems to be more commonly used for places in a park where you
> find ducks, often with lots of vegetation.
> water=pool seems like the best option. Here is Australia at least a lot of
> them have a name like "... Pool". But since it's undocumented I'm not sure
> what the 226 current uses of the tag are.
> What's the process for working out if this is the best choice, and if it
> turns out to be documenting it on the wiki?
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