cooling tower


Definition of cooling tower

: a structure over which circulated water is trickled to reduce its temperature by partial evaporation

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Recent Examples on the Web The Health Department had identified five buildings in the Bronx as the source of the disease, but Mr. de Blasio wanted the department to test cooling towers broadly across the city. New York Times, "He Saw ‘No Proof’ Closures Would Curb Virus. Now He Has De Blasio’s Trust.," 14 May 2020 The cooling tower on Towers Residential Suites remains shut down. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State contractors diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease," 2 July 2018 Faucets, water heaters and softeners, appliances such as refrigerators, toilets and other water systems, including cooling towers, all need to have water turnover. Andrew J. Whelton, The Conversation, "The coronavirus pandemic might make buildings sick, too," 21 Apr. 2020 The school system will test for Legionella annually during the fall, when the water in cooling towers can become idle for an extended period of time due to low cooling load conditions. Jess Nocera,, "10 Howard schools test positive for bacteria Legionella, results show," 18 Oct. 2019 The system for Dupont Circle and Farragut North long relied on 500-foot pipes buried beneath Connecticut Avenue, that pumped water to a cooling tower located 13 stories up at 1101 Connecticut Ave. Washington Post, "The chiller system for Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro stations is fixed!," 5 Sep. 2019 Water withdrawn to run through a cooling tower and that evaporates is consumptive. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Lessons seen in ill-fated water-rail plan," 9 Nov. 2019 Russia’s new floating power plant, the entire barge-like ship holding the reactors, is just 3 to 5 percent of the total volume of one large cooling tower on land. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "A Brief History of Tiny Nuclear Reactors," 16 Dec. 2019 Water that sits stagnant in old pipes, cooling towers or hotel rooms can become a breeding ground for the dangerous bacteria to grow and fester when water is not cool or hot enough. Lauren Weber,, "Record number of Legionnaires’ cases in 2018 risk lives, cause cleanup headaches," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cooling tower

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Cooling tower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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