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 Viral novelty doesn’t surprise Elodie Ghedin of New York University, who looks for viruses in wastewater and in respiratory systems. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Scientists discover virus with no recognizable genes," 7 Feb. 2020 The arsenic was in wastewater that was a byproduct of cleaning the filters used to make drinking water. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Crystal Geyser Is In Hot Water, Fined $5 Million for Hazardous Arsenic-Laden Waste," 27 Jan. 2020 These fibers are in the wastewater from laundry machines that eventually winds up in the ocean. USA TODAY, "El Paso memorial, hogs by helicopter, trees for troops: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 Stanford environmental researchers interested in how NDMA forms at low levels in wastewater measured levels of the carcinogen in the urine of 10 volunteers who took ranitidine. Los Angeles Times, "Carcinogen in Zantac and generic heartburn drugs triggers investigations," 13 Sep. 2019 The sources of pharmaceuticals in wastewater come from medicines consumed and not completely absorbed and excreted, sweat or vomited by consumers into their toilet. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland PD offering safe place to dispose of drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 Metabolite levels in wastewater have not gone up as much as would be expected from the huge increase in legal sales, Burgard said. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Gee whiz: Testing of Tacoma sewage confirms rise in marijuana use," 24 June 2019 Metabolite levels in wastewater have not gone up as much as would be expected from the huge increase in legal sales, Burgard said. Washington Post, "Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use," 20 June 2019 Methylene blue in wastewater already has salt in it. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How a blue dye found in wastewater could power batteries," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of wastewater

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wastewater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastewater. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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