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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Cutting off half the city’s water supply for up to eight months sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the environmental agency has been preparing for years. Washington Post, "Fixing a massive NYC plumbing leak, 55 stories underground," 20 June 2018 The city's attorneys sought a court declaration that Folsom had properly lined up water supplies for the big development. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "They are building 11,000 new homes in Folsom. But will there be enough water?," 18 June 2018 Under state law, developers in more populous areas must have a 100-year water supply for new subdivisions. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Arizona aquifers are in trouble, but lawmakers want fewer rules for pumping groundwater," 4 Apr. 2018 Merck contacted the state Department of Environmental Protection, which immediately tried to find the dumpsite and started monitoring the water supply for signs of toxicity, prosecutors said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Chemist stole cyanide to kill rodents, DA says. It nearly ended up in the water supply.," 13 Feb. 2018 In a 2015 report, Lloyd’s of London estimated that a successful cyberattack targeting 15 states in the Northeastern U.S. could leave 93 million people without power for days while disrupting water supplies and port operations. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Military-Industrial Complex," 2 Jan. 2019 Environmentalists have warned for decades that Duke’s coal ash ponds were vulnerable to severe storms, potentially threatening drinking water supplies and public safety. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms," 17 Sep. 2018 Fire department crews established a water supply from a hydrant at the street and used a ladder truck to douse the fire from above, Metro Video reported. Houston Chronicle, "Fire damages Memorial area apartment complex under construction," 4 July 2018 There are 663 million people who live without a safe water supply close to home. Shane Croucher, Newsweek, "World Water Day 2018: Mind-Blowing Facts About the Lifeblood of Planet Earth," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of water supply

1805, in the meaning defined above

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