waste·​wa·​ter | \ ˈwāst-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce wastewater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of wastewater

: water that has been used (as in a manufacturing process) : sewage

Examples of wastewater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Changing the way wastewater is treated to remove some of those nutrients, like nitrogen, could make a big difference, Kirk said. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "As the oceans become more acidic, threat to sealife and industry grows, new study finds," 9 Feb. 2021 Food service workers fall under the group 1C, which includes transportation and logistics, waste and wastewater, construction, finance, information technology and communication, energy, legal, media, and public safety employees. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "COVID vaccine in Alabama: Restaurant, bar workers not among ‘food workers’ now eligible for shots," 8 Feb. 2021 Biobot has a contract with Cambridge to analyze wastewater for COVID-19. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "An Untested Source of Pandemic Data? The Sewer," 18 Jan. 2021 The city put up $300,000, as well, as part of a 75 %-25 % match for the $1.2 million project, which is one of four phases of improvements on the aging wastewater facility. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "Slidell's Fritchie Park gym will be COVID-19 vaccine site, mayor says," 14 Jan. 2021 The association is composed of federal, state and local organizations, school districts, water boards and more than 180 cities and 23 counties that manage wastewater, according to the organization's website. Robert Jablon, Star Tribune, "California toxics agency may take aim at zinc in tires," 12 Jan. 2021 The bay is only as healthy as the land around it: Fertilizer from farms, pollution and rainwater from roads and housing developments, and wastewater management are all factors feeding into watershed health, experts told me. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Can Oysters Save Our Seas?," 6 Jan. 2021 Data from the area’s wastewater will be shared with local and state health officials as well as the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Wastewater Surveillance System. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hank Aaron, skeptic’s mea culpa, vaccine campouts: News from around our 50 states," 6 Jan. 2021 The University of Virginia also has used wastewater sampling as a tool to detect the novel coronavirus. Washington Post, "Flushing out the coronavirus: Universities, cities and states are testing wastewater for the virus," 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of wastewater

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2021

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“Wastewater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastewater. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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