tap water


Definition of tap water

: water as it comes from a tap (as in a home)

Examples of tap water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web SodaStream, an at-home gadget that can carbonate tap water, exploded in popularity early this decade. James F. Peltz, Los Angeles Times, "Now that White Claw summer is over, will hard seltzer’s popularity go splat?," 20 Oct. 2019 Today, about two-thirds of people in the United States receive fluoridated tap water, as do many people in Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Drinking fluoridated water during pregnancy may lower IQ in sons, controversial study says," 19 Aug. 2019 Don’t drink tap water, or use it for brushing teeth, food preparation, ice making or washing dishes, without boiling it first (a rolling boil of one minute) to eliminate bacteria or other harmful organisms. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "What you should and shouldn’t do in Fort Lauderdale’s water crisis," 18 July 2019 Where lead problems occur The federal Lead and Copper Rule requires public water utilities to sample home tap water yearly in neighborhoods most likely to face contamination. Laura Pangallozzi, The Conversation, "At least 2% of US public water systems are like Flint’s – Americans just don’t hear about them," 10 July 2019 Bottled water, on average, contained much higher numbers of microplastic per liter than tap water, according to previous research cited in the study. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Average Americans eat, inhale thousands of tiny plastic pieces every year, study says," 6 June 2019 The best way to avoid getting an infection is to properly clean your lenses with contact solution — never tap water — daily, the CDC suggests. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Pennsylvania woman says contact lens caused rare infection that led to 'stabbing' pain, possible blindness," 30 Aug. 2018 Cover the onions and scallions with hot tap water and squeeze them a few times with your hands. Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "The secret to these chili lime black bean tacos: 20 minutes and a few pantry staples," 25 Oct. 2019 They’re usually washed in tap water and may be contaminated. Washington Post, "Is the water safe to drink? You better make sure before you try it.," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tap water

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tap water was in 1881

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25 Nov 2019

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“Tap water.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20water. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of tap water

: water that comes through pipes from the public water system

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