tap water


Definition of tap water 

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

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There is also the risk, however rare, of Acanthamoeba Keratitis (or AK), a type of eye infection caused by a microorganism found in some tap water and swimming pools. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Are My Contacts Going to Make Me Go Blind?," 11 July 2018 Cleanup Rinse the coins and washers with tap water and dry them off. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Charge from Change: Make a Coin Battery," 10 May 2018 Flint Community Schools haven't been using tap water since September 2015. Fox News, "More Flint water samples show elevated lead levels," 12 Mar. 2018 Many municipalities in the US add fluoride to tap water to prevent tooth decay, so watering your plants once a week with fluoride-free bottled water may reduce or even eliminate fluoride, chlorine, and salts. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Lucky Bamboo," 8 Apr. 2016 The federal suit, filed Monday on behalf of more than 90 former prisoners in the Genesee County Jail in Flint, alleges prisoners were forced to continue drinking tap water even after officials knew about the lead contamination. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit: Flint water crisis hit jail inmates especially hard," 26 June 2018 Had parents and pregnant women on military bases known about the study, perhaps more of them would have avoided the tap water. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Military Drinking-Water Crisis the White House Tried to Hide," 22 June 2018 The tap water had turned brown, and activists began publicly urging residents not to drink the water. Eman Bare, Teen Vogue, "Flint Teens Describe Growing Up Without Clean Water," 15 June 2018 Officials had earlier warned young children and people with compromised immune systems against drinking tap water in the area. Washington Post, "Oregon looks into price gouging as city faces tainted water," 2 June 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tap water was in 1881

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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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