water supply


Definition of water supply

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

Examples of water supply in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On top of that, the growth of Nakuru town requires more water supply which will be imported. Sean Avery, Quartz Africa, "Scientists are worried about the impact of Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes flooding," 16 Oct. 2020 The group will also issue recommendations within 120 days on ways to increase water supply and improve water quality and systems. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: US LNG could face pressure from EU’s new methane plans," 14 Oct. 2020 In Africa, the pumps provide the daily water supply to more than three million people in countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, making their smooth operations essential. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Swarm Reveals Pricing for Its Satellite Data Network," 29 Sep. 2020 Her kitchen sink was broken and would spew boiling water, so Scott would shut off the home's water supply turning it on only every couple of days to flush toilets. Ryan Bergeron, CNN, "A 72-year-old woman was quietly living in a dilapidated house. Then an electrician sparked a community to help her rebuild," 24 Sep. 2020 The incident did not affect water supply or public safety, Citizens said. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Citizens Energy decides on Riverside Park for rock ramp that will replace Emrichsville Dam," 17 Sep. 2020 The crisis first began in 2014 after Flint's water supply was switched from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's water to water from the Flint River, PEOPLE reported in 2016. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Erin Brockovich Speaks Out After Mich. Agrees to Pay $600M to Flint Water Victims: 'A Great Day'," 20 Aug. 2020 The Wild Man legend is old, and spans many cultures; usually the story involves some large, hairy figure, like a man but different, harassing a town, stealing food or livestock and drinking from the town’s water supply. Colin Dickey, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Bigfoot and the ‘Abominable Snowman’ Loom Large in the Human Imagination," 20 July 2020 And ironically, the wealth and power that surrounded the reservoirs poisoned their waters but left the rest of the city’s water supply untouched. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mercury and algal blooms poisoned Maya reservoirs at Tikal," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of water supply

1805, in the meaning defined above

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22 Oct 2020

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“Water supply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20supply. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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