[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Free drinking water by private entities

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 09:11:08 UTC 2018

Am Sa., 29. Sep. 2018 um 17:33 Uhr schrieb bkil <bkil.hu+Aq at gmail.com>:

> The best visibility for both venues and people should be via OSM
> itself. However, if we do not highlight these via specific tags, this
> visibility may be impaired. Renderers could be enhanced to highlight
> various tag combinations, like drinking_water on bars, restaurants,
> etc., though that is not ideal. Verification could also be made more
> difficult, because if I see drinking_water=yes on a pub, I need to
> first start looking for a vending machine/fountain/tap, if not found,
> ask for an accessible vending machine/fountain/tap from staff, if they
> don't know anything about those, then I ask whether they could
> manually refill my container.

I am not sure adding drinking_water on bars or pubs would do us a favor.
For one it might be up to the discretion of the current staff  how they
respond to your request (and could depend whether you have already consumed
something there, know the barkeeper, are accompagnied by babies or
children, the staff has a good day or not, etc.). There are also places
that offer a drinking water tap with plastic cups or water bottles so you
can serve yourself without asking anybody. (e.g. first pillar here is an
accessible indoor fountain:
), and this is quite different than having to ask the staff and depending
on their discretion. How will it be distinguished?

Pubs and bars usually will have opening hours, while drinking_water on a
fountain is generally accessible 24/7. This can be seen from the data
(combination with what), but it might be safer to explicitly use distinct
tagging (unsure myself).

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