Glossary and definitions

There are many words used to describe water. Consistent and correct use of water terminology can help improve effective communication.

For example: When referring to a body of water there are a range of words that can be used and may mean similar things, but what does each one mean?

  • Lake, pond, pool, lagoon
  • Rivers, streams, tributary, canal, watercourse, estuary
  • Groundwater, bore water, aquifer, artesian water

Some common examples of misused water related words include:

  • Greywater, black water and wastewater
  • Sewerage and sewage
  • Stormwater, rainwater, rainfall, runoff
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