[Tagging] Proposal drinking_water:refill:fee

European Water Project europeanwaterproject at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 11:12:23 UTC 2020

Hi Martin,

I agree with you on one point.

The default for "amenity =drinking_water"  and "drinking_water=yes" should
definitely be free water. I also believe the same should hold  be for
"drinking_water:refill = yes".

I am not a big fan of meta data and poorly maintained data. Unless there is
a use for the price data for someone, eventually it will get stale-
especially with the economic difficulty so many cafes and restaurants are

Quality and accuracy of data was one of the main reasons our project has
swiftly migrated from Wikidata to OSM.

Best regards,


On Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 10:22 Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> Am Mi., 11. März 2020 um 04:25 Uhr schrieb European Water Project <
> europeanwaterproject at gmail.com>:
>> Hi Martin,
>> drinking_water:refill:fee=no/yes/0..9
>> >>  I don't think the third tag value "0,9" is easily mappible as one
>> needs to have access to the menu to get the price data. a mapper should
>> be able to map without speaking the local language.
>> Also, the price data might quickly become inaccurate.
>> Free vs. Fee should be inherent to the network...
> The amount if fee may indeed by volatile, but it is often mapped, for
> example for parkings, and I do not see how an old information about the
> amount would be worse than a binary yes/no information (if you know the
> price was 50ct 3 years ago you might deduce it is still somewhere near
> that, or if you see it was 1 ¥€$ 10 years ago, it is like seeing it was
> "yes" 10 years ago. It's generally interesting not only to get the stored
> information, but also meta information (e.g. how old is the information).
> Cheers
> Martin
> PS: for me the most important part is that amenity=drinking_water means
> without fee by default and it's definitions do not have to be reconsidered
> in the light of the new drinking_water:refill-scheme and tags.
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