ground·​wa·​ter | \ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of groundwater 

: water within the earth especially that supplies wells and springs

Examples of groundwater in a Sentence

There were concerns about contaminated groundwater.

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Elevated levels of dioxins and other contaminants have been detected in soil, groundwater, sediment, surface water and fish. Stephen Singer,, "Stanley, Black & Decker Agrees To $100 Million Cleanup Of RI Superfund Site," 9 July 2018 Millions of tons of sediment polluted with lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc remain—in the Coeur d’Alene River, groundwater, lakes, floodplains and hillsides. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Bunker Hill Superfund Site Is Still a Toxic Mess, With Legacy of Suffering," 12 June 2016 During the drought, groundwater became a lifeline in this part of the Valley. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 The initial details were posted on its website devoted to the groundwater problems on July 5. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Johnson Controls unit expands offer to treat tainted water tied to Marinette plant," 11 July 2018 Compounding the flooding, land is slowly sinking, mostly for geological reasons, though groundwater extraction and development also contribute. Frank Kummer,, "New Jersey is getting hotter faster than most of the U.S. Get ready to move to higher ground," 18 June 2018 That groundwater cleanup will continue for decades. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Road Work Will Connect Farmington Canal Trail Sections In Southington," 4 May 2018 Sativa, like many small water districts, pumps groundwater locally and delivers it through pipes to customers’ homes. Ruben Vives,, "Abolishing a water district isn't easy — even when it's accused of nepotism, mismanagement and delivering brown water," 7 July 2018 A decade later, the growing city started pumping groundwater from the Owens Valley, whose resentful residents retaliated with angry editorials and, on occasion, dynamite. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘The Mirage Factory,’ a Thriving Los Angeles Born From Humble Beginnings," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of groundwater

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundwater was circa 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of groundwater

: water that is underground

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