catchment area


Definition of catchment area

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

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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 Its catchment area stretches from Fall Creek Parkway to the south, Keystone Avenue to the east, Michigan Road to the west and 71st Street to the north. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "'Blue-eyed soul sister' brings life, hope back to Martin Luther King Center," 11 Mar. 2018 The disparity in mental health beds by region and catchment area is even more breathtaking, according to United Services Director of Communications John Goodman. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "United Services CEO Calls For Fair Funding For Behavioral Health Services In State," 7 Mar. 2018 Cities need to protect flood defences and catchment areas, such as the wetlands around Kolkata and the lakes in and around Pokhara in Nepal, whose value is becoming clear. The Economist, "How government policy exacerbates hurricanes like Harvey," 2 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of catchment area

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

catchment area

catch·​ment area | \ ˈkach-mənt- How to pronounce catchment area (audio) \

Medical Definition of catchment area

: the geographical area served by an institution

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