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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By that math, 25,000 Amazon workers will produce 2.5 million gallons of wastewater per day. Winnie Hu, The Seattle Times, "What happens when 25,000 Amazon workers flush toilets?," 11 Dec. 2018 Fledgling companies, many backed by private equity, are rushing to help shale drillers deal with one of their trickiest problems: what to do with the vast volumes of wastewater that are a byproduct of fracking wells. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "The Next Big Bet in Fracking: Water," 22 Aug. 2018 That liquid gets flushed down the drain, and treated like any other type of wastewater. Emily Atkin, WIRED, "The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die," 17 June 2018 That liquid gets flushed down the drain, and treated like any other type of wastewater. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water," 14 June 2018 This deluge of wastewater is the latest catastrophe to hit a building that city leaders are looking to replace after years of officer complaints about code violations and other health risks. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Inmates flooded police chief's office with sewage, city official says," 11 June 2018 All ratepayers south of Interstate 8 and a few others are required to contribute because of the processing of wastewater through San Diego's system. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sewer rates to rise in Lemon Grove," 21 May 2018 Independently, environmental investigators, acting on a tip, began to look into possible violations in the dumping of wastewater from the cherry-manufacturing process into the sewer. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Maraschino Mogul’s Secret Life," 17 Apr. 2018 If anything, more treatment is needed of the region's wastewater, Spencer said, not less. Anchorage Daily News, "Disaster sent raw sewage into Puget Sound. Surprisingly, the water quality was barely affected.," 28 Feb. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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