catchment area


Definition of catchment area

1 : an area that serves to catch water
2 : the geographical area served by an institution

Examples of catchment area in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, on January 19, thunderstorms dumped large amounts of rain in the Mannus Creek catchment area. Adam Welz, Wired, "Fallout from Australia’s Huge Wildfires Is Choking Rivers," 21 Mar. 2020 But vast bushfires in and around its catchment area have so far burned more than 148,000 acres of forest. National Geographic, "Australia's raging fires will create big problems for fresh drinking water," 10 Jan. 2020 By offering benefits to those outside its branch catchment area, Citi hopes to compete against the likes of JPMorgan Chase (JPM), with its much larger network of more than 5,000 branches. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Citi's new checking account pays no interest and reimburses ATM fees. But there's a catch," 20 Nov. 2019 All this makes flooding more severe, as deforestation in the catchment area of a river reduces the land’s ability to retain water. Gayathri D Naik, Quartz India, "India, leave those forests on the mountains alone, lest you want to drown," 13 Sep. 2019 The Atewa landscape provides rich forest cover for climate regulation, a show piece to illustrate climate adaptation to avoid drought, reduce poverty and enhance sustainable livelihoods and improve human well being in its catchment area. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 According to the government, water catchment areas now cover two-thirds of Singapore’s surface area, up from half in 2011. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Global Water Crisis: Why Are India’s Taps Running Dry?," 6 June 2018 To enroll in Vaux, students must live in the neighborhood catchment area. Kia Gregory, The Root, "Philadelphia’s Housing Authority Bought a High School: What Does That Mean for One of the City’s Poorest Neighborhoods?," 2 May 2018 There are 16 residential mental health beds available to people in the United Services catchment area in northeastern Connecticut. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "United Services CEO Calls For Fair Funding For Behavioral Health Services In State," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of catchment area

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Catchment area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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catchment area


English Language Learners Definition of catchment area

technical : the area from which water flows into a river, stream, etc.
chiefly British : the area that a school, hospital, etc., provides a service to

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Medical Definition of catchment area

: the geographical area served by an institution

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