running water


Definition of running water

: water distributed through pipes and fixtures a cabin with hot and cold running water

Examples of running water in a Sentence

a cabin with hot and cold running water

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Several Trona homes were in shambles, the Los Angeles Times reported, and authorities have advised residents who did still have running water to boil it before use. Washington Post, "California had its largest earthquake in years - then an even bigger one hit," 6 July 2019 On Monday, a group of democratic lawmakers visited the same detention center and described women held in rooms without running water, children separated from families, and people sleeping on concrete floors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pro-immigrant demonstrators protest outside Otay Mesa Detention Center," 3 July 2019 The Democratic lawmakers said the asylum seekers were kept in cells without running water and slept on concrete. New York Times, "Trump Says Migrants Are ‘Living Far Better’ in Overcrowded Border Facilities," 3 July 2019 It was cited for not having running water in a handsink and not providing food safety training for all employees. Howard Koplowitz |,, "The 10 worst restaurant health scores in Jefferson County for June 2019," 2 July 2019 The city regularly cleans the camps and provides waste pickup, but trash accumulates quickly, and there are no toilets or running water. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is clearing out two more homeless camps along Brook Street," 25 June 2019 One grew up shooting on a cardboard box attached to his roof, the ball thundering against the clapboard walls, jarring his parents and seven brothers and sisters inside the two-bedroom house without electricity or running water. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Milan Miracle's shadow has made Fillmore the greatest story never told from 1954," 22 June 2019 Many Germans and Italians who’d settled the neighborhood worked in factories along the Chicago River, and many of the homes were run-down or lacked running water. Hannah Leone,, "Lincoln Park elementary ends free preschool after criticism — but does it remain a perk for Chicago's richest neighborhood?," 14 June 2019 Experts say climate change means more extreme weather events, and Guatemala lacks the resources — and, critics say, the political will — to help impoverished communities with no paved roads or running water. Washington Post, "Guatemalans still risk migration despite child deaths in US," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of running water

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of running water was in 1856

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English Language Learners Definition of running water

: water that comes into a building through pipes

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