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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For the washer, turn off the water supply and ready a bucket under the hose connections, and then loosen one of the hoses. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips to Help You Move Like a Pro," 11 July 2018 Some diseases, such as verticillium wilt and Dutch elm disease, interfere with the flow of water within a tree’s trunk and branches, cutting off the water supply to the leaves and leading to leaf scorch. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018 In the 1940s, the federal government launched its Central & South Florida Project to drain the region, build a water supply and flood control system and enclose the lake with a massive dike. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 Delta smelt are at the heart of the tensions over California's water supply and the health of the West Coast's largest estuary. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "These fish are at the heart of California's water debate. But extinction could be close," 1 June 2018 In particular, there are worries deforestation will upset the hydrologic cycle in certain places, threatening water supplies and hydroelectric power generation. The Economist, "Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious," 17 May 2018 This status gives the village its own mayor, water supply and an architectural review board that has been criticized for being arbitrary, if not spiteful. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Shelter Island, N.Y.: A Paradise That Has Its Challenges," 16 May 2018 Other aid areas include maternal and child health, agriculture, operating expenses, water supply and sanitation, and general health. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Trump dodges questions about vulgar Africa remark," 30 Apr. 2018 Work will start soon on an $8 million project to drill a new well to increase the water supply for the town of Plymouth. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Plymouth to increase water supply with new well," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of water supply

1805, in the meaning defined above

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