Water Bodies

Add unmapped or edit incorrect water bodies. Before adding a water body, first search to ensure it does not already exist on the map.

How to add missing water area

  1. Select Add new and click Add Natural features and Political boundaries from the drop-down menu.
  2. Choose the category "Water" from the drop-down menu.
  3. The mouse pointer changes to cross hairs, and you can begin drawing the water area.
  4. To finish drawing, press Enter or double-click on the map at the final node.
  5. [Optional] Enter the attributes in the left hand panel.
  6. Click Save to finish.
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How to add landmass to an editable waterbody polygon 

Follow the below workflow to add missing landmass to any editable waterbody:

  1. Select the waterbody you’d like to add a landmass to.
  2. Click Edit and select "Edit this place".
  3. Select cut out tool  at the top left of the viewport and remove the landmass from the waterbody.
  4. Once done, click Save.

Note: You can follow the same steps to add an island.

Adding missing land area for un-editable water bodies

To add missing land area in an un-editable water body, it's best to Report a Problem.

Best Practices:

  1. Any dry lakes should be added as place markers instead of shapes, as they would render incorrectly (as water shapes).
  2. The rendering of the landmass/ Island depends upon the size of the feature. Large Islands/landmass will require more time to appear on maps.