waste·​wa·​ter ˈwāst-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce wastewater (audio)
: water that has been used (as in a manufacturing process) : sewage

Examples of wastewater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Building homes bigger than what purchasers want stretches city infrastructures and services such as streets, wastewater, police and fire protection. Doug Thompson, arkansasonline.com, 10 Apr. 2024 Milwaukee has a combined sewage system in which both stormwater and wastewater from homes and businesses flow through the same pipes before it is treated. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 Nearly everything done for the homebuyer For the guest house that was just craned in, utility connections for water, wastewater and electricity were already dug and put in place. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 5 Apr. 2024 Its onboard treatment plant cleans all wastewater discharged to drinkable quality before being discharged. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2024 Lagoons are often used by small and rural communities to treat wastewater, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 So Van Tyne and her team looked to a source that’s teeming with gut bacteria: wastewater. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 There was also one overflow in September 2022, which released 756 million gallons of wastewater. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024 Spills in Chevron’s Cymric oil field had gushed more than 6 million gallons of wastewater and crude as of last June, but the settlement covers only 2 million gallons spilled from unidentified Kern County Chevron operations. Janet Wilson, ProPublica, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wastewater was in the 15th century

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“Wastewater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastewater. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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