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water supply

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  1. the supply of purified water available to a community.
  2. the facilities for storing and supplying this water, as reservoirs and pipelines.

Origin of water supply

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formswa·ter-sup·ply, adjective
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Examples from the Web for water supply

Historical Examples

  • Investigation of the water-supply showed the undoubted cause of the epidemic.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • Does your city or town have a central source of water-supply?

    A Handbook of Health</p>

    Woods Hutchinson

  • Boston had already a bathroom, a water-supply, a furnace, and gas.

  • Do I understand, sir, that you have actually put some germ into the Birmingham water-supply?

    The Blue Germ

    Martin Swayne

  • The water-supply, roads, education, are questions of this type.

    The Next Step</p>

    Scott Nearing

British Dictionary definitions for water supply

water supply

  1. an arrangement of reservoirs, purification plant, distribution pipes, etc, for providing water to a community
  2. the supply of treated and purified water for a community
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