waste·wa·ter | \ˈwāst-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of wastewater 

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

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In fact, the Trump administration has put on hold EPA's first Clean Water Act rules in a generation to curb toxic wastewater discharges from power plants while the agency reconsiders them. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Ohio River panel wants to give up power to set pollution-control rules," 8 June 2018 Aerators bring oxygen to the wastewater, which helps control the smell. Shanna Grove, Detroit Free Press, "Flushable wipes causing major issues at Muskegon wastewater plant," 12 May 2018 The aging city pipes suffered a series of failures in the past four years that crippled the ability to transport sewage from toilets to the wastewater plant. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale plans to use water-sewer money to balance budget — again," 9 July 2018 Whales that live off the coast of Seattle, Tacoma and other cities are effectively urban whales buffeted by municipal and industrial waste, and the occasional spillage from wastewater treatment plants into the ocean. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 In the county, several low-lying wastewater treatment plants that serve multiple cities are at risk with 3 feet of sea-level rise, said Hilary Papendick, climate change program manager for San Mateo County. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "Sea Level Rise Will Threaten Thousands of California Homes," 18 June 2018 Fuel shortages have disrupted the operations of wastewater treatment plants, which in turn gave rise to the devastating cholera outbreak. Alan Sipress, Washington Post, "Five reasons the crisis in Yemen matters," 8 June 2018 There are complaints about the smell coming from the Muskegon County wastewater plant. Stench and sludge are two already not so pleasant things. Shanna Grove, Detroit Free Press, "Flushable wipes causing major issues at Muskegon wastewater plant," 12 May 2018 Police say later Thursday, a worker called them after finding a fetus at the wastewater plant on the Hudson River by West 135th Street. Fox News, "Fetuses found dead in 2 places in NYC; police investigating," 11 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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