water supply


Definition of water supply

: a source, means, or process of supplying water (as for a community) usually including reservoirs, tunnels, and pipelines

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Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back. Los Angeles Times, "California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up," 31 July 2019 Adults and older children should know where the main water supply shut-off valve is and how to turn it off, Worters says. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: Is your wealth dripping away?," 23 July 2019 Adults and older children should know where the main water supply shut-off valve is and how to turn it off, Worters said. Liz Weston, Dallas News, "5 tips to help prevent water damage, which outranks theft and fire for home claims," 23 July 2019 Florence's heavy rains could cause an environmental disaster if waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites wash into homes or threaten drinking water supplies. Fox News, "WHAT'S HAPPENING: Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast," 13 Sep. 2018 The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches’ brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 11 Sep. 2018 There is widespread agreement that demand for water supplies will continue to increase while water availability will decrease as the result of climate change. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: A war with Iran must be avoided; strong views on what to do about TABOR (6/30/19)," 30 June 2019 The compounds, used in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware and other products, increasingly have turned up in public water supplies and private wells around the country. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Subways and commuter trains came to a stop for several hours in Buenos Aires, while phone and Internet communications were disrupted, water supplies were cut off and shops were forced to close. Paul Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of water supply

1805, in the meaning defined above

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