tap water


Definition of tap water 

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

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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 State health guidelines advise that residents in the affected area not drink, make ice or brush their teeth using tap water until further notice. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Boil advisory issued for Venetian Isles after hydrant repair breaks water line," 22 May 2018 Otherwise, rinsing your cleanser off with regular tap water is fine. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to use a skin cleanser and see results," 3 July 2018 Some of the tanks contained small amounts of cocaine—20 nanograms per liter, which corresponds to the mean concentration of the drug that has been detected in surface waters—and some were filled with tap water. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eels," 20 June 2018 Watering yards with bore water is limited to one hour Tuesdays and Saturdays — and totally banned with tap water. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "How Cape Town found water savings California never dreamed of," 1 Apr. 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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