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 Action Is Rare In 1974, soon after expanding regulations for surface water pollution through the Clean Water Act, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act, directing the EPA to protect the nation’s tap water. Agnel Philip, ProPublica, 6 Nov. 2023 Use a washcloth and hot tap water to soften the residue and wipe it away, or—for more stubborn stickiness—make a paste with powdered laundry detergent and scrub. Ann Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Oct. 2023 The tap water in some people’s homes is laced with unsafe levels of contaminants that can cause cancer and other serious health issues. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 And because most homes typically have purified or distilled water available, the lack of support for tap water isn’t a concern. Jon Bitner, wsj.com, 21 Sep. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up Some areas under the unsafe water advisory could be cleared to use their tap water in a couple of weeks, said John Stufflebean, director of the Maui County Department of Water Supply. Brittany Peterson, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2023 Advisories against drinking tap water were lifted Oct. 18. Kevin McGill and Stephen Smith The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 28 Oct. 2023 The Corps has been sending fresh water by barge to water treatment facilities along the river to reduce tap water salinity. Isa Meyers, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Oct. 2023 By contrast, evaporative humidifiers can use tap water and humidify the air by blowing dry air over a wet filter. Jon Bitner, wsj.com, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'tap water.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tap water was in 1881

Dictionary Entries Near tap water

Cite this Entry

“Tap water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20water. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

tap water

: water as it comes from a tap (as in a home)
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!