water supply


the supply of purified water available to a community.
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 of water supply

  • 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

    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

    Scott Nearing

British Dictionary definitions for water supply

water supply


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