[Tagging] How to tag small canals?

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 14:02:26 UTC 2018

On 16/08/2018 08:49, SelfishSeahorse wrote:
> What is the usual (or sensible) way to tag small canals like mill
> races (example: [^1]) or small irrigation channels (example: [^2]),
> i.e. the small equivalent of waterway=canal?
> [^1]: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:15-19-077,_mingus_creek_-_panoramio.jpg
> [^2]: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2003-Suone.jpg
> It seems to me that waterway=ditch +
> usage=headrace/tailrace/irrigation fits best, but the wiki defines
> waterway=ditch as 'a small man-made draining waterway, often found
> along roads'.

Personally I'd probably use "drain" for those two, and "ditch" maybe for 
some smaller ones.

Best Regards,


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