tap water


Definition of tap water

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

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The contraption, which looks slightly like a SodaStream, works with tap water. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "A Burlington startup lets you make your own nontoxic cleaners at home," 20 June 2019 A few years ago, when Blue Mountain Divers found a pipe bomb on the bottom of Wallowa Lake, Joseph resident Mary B. Fort, who regularly swims in the lake and relies on it for her tap water, remembers authorities’ immediate response. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Barrels possibly containing Agent Orange ingredients remain months after Wallowa Lake discovery," 12 June 2019 Some plants have adapted to the arid climate by growing long roots that tap water from deep underground. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Deserts, explained," 12 June 2019 Before getting started, let tap water soak in your bucket for at least 24 hours to remove any chlorine (skip this step by using rain or well water). Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Make Compost Tea for Your Garden," 29 May 2019 Add one teaspoon of the mixture to eight ounces of lukewarm distilled or previously boiled water (this kind of water is a must, because using tap water could lead to dangerous infections in rare cases). Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Allergy Remedies Allergists Actually Use," 1 Mar. 2018 Use distilled water whenever possible — regular tap water contains additives such as chlorine which are hard for the plants to process. Lyndsey Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Carnivorous Bog Planter," 9 May 2016 As hemp taps water underground, its long roots circulate air, which improves soil quality — another boon for farmers looking to rotate crops. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp," 29 Jan. 2018 The potentially life-threatening disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which may have festered in the city’s pipes after the improper treatment interfered with disinfectants and released bacterial nutrients into the tap water. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doc charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint crisis wins top health award," 12 Oct. 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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English Language Learners Definition of tap water

: water that comes through pipes from the public water system

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