tap water

noun

Definition of tap water

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

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In mountains outside the Montana capital of Helena, about 30 households can’t drink their tap water because groundwater was polluted by about 150 abandoned gold, lead and copper mines that operated from the 1870s until 1953. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 Dart recommends using daily disposable contacts or being very careful lenses and containers don’t come in contact with tap water. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "A Rare Eye Infection Is Spreading Among Contact Lens Wearers in the U.K.," 21 Sep. 2018 In Lake Erie, a major bloom in 2014 caused authorities to warn against drinking tap water in Toledo, Ohio, for more than two days, cutting off the main water source for more than 400,000 people. Tom James, chicagotribune.com, "Warming drives spread of toxic algae in U.S., researchers say," 22 June 2018 As long as water districts filter out harmful substances like asbestos, lead and benzene, tap water is better for your brain than water stripped of all substances. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?," 6 Apr. 2018 The oil-rich region and other cities in Iraq's southern Shiite heartland have been convulsed by the most serious protests in years, with residents complaining of power outages, filthy tap water and soaring unemployment. Fox News, "Calm returns to Iraq's Basra after week of violent protests," 9 Sep. 2018 Salem spent last week mired in panic and controversy after officials there issued a water advisory that recommended some people avoid tap water because of cyanotoxins. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "Wilsonville water safe to drink after found free of cyanotoxins," 4 June 2018 To combat climate change, George Washington High School students worked on a campaign to encourage people to choose tap water over bottled water and planned to expand it throughout the city. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, "How can Philly work to solve poverty, climate change, bullying? Teens have answers," 11 Apr. 2018 One of Thomas’s favorite causes was the quality and safety of tap water. Anya Tchoupakov, Bon Appetit, "I'm In Love With My Ex-Boyfriend's Water Filter," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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tap water

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tap water

: water that comes through pipes from the public water system

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