water supply

noun

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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Little rainfall during this year’s warm, dry summer rapidly depleted some public water supplies in the City of Seldovia and Native Village of Nanwalek, the borough said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Low water supply in two Kenai Peninsula communities prompts disaster declaration," 31 Aug. 2019 Debate over fluoridation has simmered since cities began adding the mineral to public water supplies in the 1950s, Till said. Dennis Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Could fluoride be bad for your baby during pregnancy?," 22 Aug. 2019 Researchers in other African nations have found introducing trees to these tropical grassy biomes can cause loss in biodiversity, alter how these ecosystems work, and reduce water supplies in local streams and rivers. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "Planting millions more trees might not be the way to tackle Ethiopia’s environmental problems," 1 Aug. 2019 In India, a severe drought has choked water supplies in the city of Chennai, exposing its 9 million residents to a major shortage. Denise Chow, NBC News, "A strange, wavy jet stream is blasting Europe with heat. Scientists say this could be the 'new normal.'," 29 June 2019 Perhaps the governor’s largest setback was his effort to impose a new tax on water users for clean water supplies in disadvantaged communities, replaced in the final budget with a plan that relies on funds earmarked for climate change programs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go," 27 June 2019 Perhaps the governor’s largest setback was his effort to impose a new tax on water users for clean water supplies in disadvantaged communities, replaced in the final budget with a plan that relies on funds earmarked for climate change programs. John Myers, latimes.com, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go," 27 June 2019 Coal served the Big Boy’s ravenous appetite in the past, but that tremendous hunger mandated coal and water stops for constant replenishment; at full steam, a Big Boy engine would consume the tender’s coal and water supply in two hours. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 Newark has seen high levels of lead in its water supply for more than two years, forcing some residents to use bottled water while authorities attempt to fix the problem, Time reported. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Protesters Outside MTV VMAs Draw Attention to New Jersey Water Crisis," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of water supply

1805, in the meaning defined above

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