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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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 Instead of building new housing on those vacant lots, which would be prone to flooding, the city should come up with creative, unobtrusive ways of dealing with the wastewater, such as by turning the lots into parks, Spirn suggested years ago. Max Kutner, Smithsonian, "America’s Top Designers are Both Embracing and Breaking with Tradition," 14 May 2018 Karnataka and Maharashtra require industries to use treated urban wastewater, with Gujarat and other states also planning similar measures. Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "As water scarcity worsens, 'Day Zero' becomes commonplace in India," 25 Apr. 2018 Utilities are things, physical networks, that public utility commissions regulate: electric, gas, communications, water, and wastewater, mostly. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Calling Facebook a Utility Would Only Make Things Worse," 20 Apr. 2018 Asset recycling involves a long-term lease of an existing facility—like an airport, toll bridge or wastewater system—to a qualified company, which commits to rebuild and maintain the facility. Robert Poole, WSJ, "How to Make Highways and Airports Pay," 21 Oct. 2018 Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, with many linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. Fox News, "3.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in central Oklahoma," 1 July 2018 The company's two crews travel around the wastewater system and use high-pressure water to ensure sewers are cleared. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Water taps dry, sewers overflow as Johnson Utilities owner faces bribery trial," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of wastewater

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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