ground·​wa·​ter | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce groundwater (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web Cottage Grove leaders also wish to remain on a groundwater system, Burfeind said. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Woodbury's new $11 million water treatment plant opens," 31 July 2020 Writer Paul Salopek and photographer John Stanmeyer tried to get their heads around one mind-numbing fact: Roughly 100 million people in India may gulp their last groundwater dry by year’s end. John Stanmeyer, National Geographic, "When the drinking water disappears," 17 July 2020 At that time, investigators also found dangerously high levels of chemicals in the groundwater where the fireworks were launched. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Fireworks at Mount Rushmore Are a Really Bad Idea," 24 June 2020 But the state did find higher levels of the chemicals, which commonly originate from toxic firefighting foam, in some groundwater sources, a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment news release said. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Colorado drinking water tested for “forever chemicals” did not exceed limits, health officials say," 23 June 2020 The groundwater in parts of Vanderwagen is naturally contaminated with arsenic and uranium; in any case, few of us have the money to drill a well. Sunny Dooley, Scientific American, "Coronavirus is Attacking the Navajo 'Because We Have Built the Perfect Human for it to Invade'," 8 July 2020 The new rule also specifically excludes groundwater. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "Tribes, environmentalists sue to stop rollback of Clean Water Act protections," 23 June 2020 Complaints alleged Cook sought to keep Aja’s group off a committee on groundwater supply — a key issue for the cattle industry. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona House committee releases report regarding complaints against state Rep. David Cook," 12 June 2020 Bottled water from groundwater sources such as spring water – Starkey Spring Water is bottled in Idaho – may contain naturally occurring arsenic. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Bottled water group says Consumer Reports 'unnecessarily scaring' consumers with arsenic study," 27 June 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Groundwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of groundwater

: water that is underground

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