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 California relies on reservoirs, mainly along the Colorado River, for its water supply. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Sweetwater, which offers water service in National City, Bonita and most of Chula Vista, obtains most of its water supply from the Sweetwater River and operates its Loveland Reservoir near Alpine and Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021 Though half the city's wells are closed, water supply has not been affected at this point. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 Chemical insecticides, while being terrible for both animals and humans alike, also wipe out bee populations and pollute our water supply. Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 Crime prevention and protecting our water supply, particularly City Creek. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Finally, turn on your cold-water supply, and allow the water to wash out the last of the sediment. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Upon inspection, however, Portales Public Works and the New Mexico State Police determined that the city's water supply has not been contaminated at this time, the statement revealed. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Why did Florida’s Covid surge screw with its water supply? Eve Sneider, Wired, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of water supply

1805, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2021

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“Water supply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20supply. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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