Vorpal wrote:mattheus wrote:Vorpal wrote:Drinking water is mapped on OpenStreetMap https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/51.54571/-0.17585
It sometimes takes a little work to find it in a search, but it's visible on the map.
Ooo! That could be useful ... <tries it> ... are there many in the UK??
Quick test only shows one in Oxfordshire:
https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?qu ... 98/-1.2237
As I said, it sometimes takes a little work to find them in search. I don't think that they are consistently categorized by county. Essex turns up nothing, for example, but if I put in a specific town, it usually turns some up.
Putting 'drinking water oxford' for example finds more than 'drinking water oxfordshire'
https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?qu ... 3/-1.26993
'drinking water Essex' gets no results, but 'drinking water East England' turns up results in Essex.
Also, anyone can add stuff to OpenStreetMap. So if you know of public drinking water in your area, you can add it.
Use searchosm.com or overpass-turbo or other point-of-interest (POI) searches. If you need it, the search term is usually something like amenity=drinking_water
The Netherlands seems to be gaining water fountains again. Some railway stations now have one similar to those found at some UK stations, intended for bottle-filling, like a square frame on top of a tall bollard: put your bottle in the square and push a button for a half-fill.
In England, outdoorsy cafés sometimes have a tap for refilling their dog drinking bowls which is unrestricted access even when the cafe is closed.