[Tagging] Query regarding seasonal tag combined for outdoor water fountains.

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Jan 16 01:52:29 UTC 2020

> seasonal=summer

Well, this is the problem with the tag "seasonal" - it's not 100%
clear if "seasonal=summer" means "this feature is only available in
the summer" or "this feature is NOT available in the summer".

As mentioned on the wiki page "Note these values can be ambiguous for
features that that vary between different states since it can be
unclear which state occurs at which time of the year."

For a drinking fountain I would assume that "seasonal=summer" meant
"available only in summer), but for a natural spring in a hot,
dry-summer climate, I would have to assume that "seasonal=summer" is a
mistake which meant "not present in summer", though it should have
been tagged "seasonal=autumn;winter;spring" perhaps.

And here in the tropics it is every more confusing to interpret
"seasonal=wet_season" and "seasonal=dry_season" - one expects
"seasonal=dry_season" for roads and "seasonal=wet_season" for rivers,
but this is not always used properly.

The simple "seasonal=yes/no" is at least clear, though with natural
features "intermittent=yes/no" is more common and has a similar

On 1/16/20, Jarek PiĆ³rkowski <jarek at piorkowski.ca> wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Jan 2020 at 01:19, Joseph Eisenberg
> <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 1/15/20, European Water Project <europeanwaterproject at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Would it be appropriate to use the tag "seasonal" for a water fountain
>> > (whether tagged as "amenity=drinking_water" or "amenity = fountain and
>> > drinking_water = yes" )?
>> Since drinking fountains are man-made rather than natural features,
>> they usually have a date when they are turned on or off.
>> ...
>> For a drinking fountain which is turned on sometime in April and is
>> turned off sometime in November, you can use "opening_hours=Apr-Nov".
>> If the fountain or drinking fountain will be turned on April 10th and
>> turned off November 25th, you would use "opening_hours=Apr 10-Nov 25"
> What is the recommendation in cases where the months when they are
> turned on and off are not easily determined? I have been thinking of
> seasonal=summer but happy to take a better tag instead.
> Thanks,
> --Jarek
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