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

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The litigation resulted in a settlement in which the reclamation district agreed to upgrade its pollution controls at its largest wastewater plants by 2030. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago," 14 June 2019 Jones Island has a capacity to treat wastewater at a rate of up to 300 million gallons a day. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Combined sewers overflow into Milwaukee rivers and Lake Michigan after intense rainfall," 18 June 2018 The release asked residents to curtail nonessential water use to avoid potential backups and preserve the ability to safely treat wastewater. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland weather: Frederick declares state of emergency as flooding, rain continues," 17 May 2018 Another team from the University of Arkansas explained how their project focused on treating wastewater to the point of being drinkable. Diana Alba Soular, USA TODAY, "All-female engineer team tackles cleaning space station water," 12 Apr. 2018 The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is planning a large groundwater recharge project that is expected to move 30,000 acre-feet of treated wastewater into the San Fernando Basin each year. Deborah Netburn, www.latimes.com, "What role should the L.A. River play in a future Los Angeles?," 12 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Soda Springs Mountain Resort, a small Tahoe area ski resort, started using treated wastewater to make snow in 2015. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Californians are embracing recycled drinking water, so why isn't Sacramento? | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Mar. 2018 Pratt makes specialized valves for water and wastewater treatment in industrial plants, municipal-water systems and nuclear-power-generating stations. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Gunman Kills Five Employees in Illinois Factory Shooting," 15 Feb. 2019 In aggregate, the rate reductions amount to $210 million for electric utilities, $66 million for natural gas utilities and $48 million for water and wastewater utilities, according to Gladys Brown, the PUC’s chair. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "Trump tax cuts trickle down to Pa. utility customers," 17 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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