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robjen
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 4:21:21 AM
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Suppose that people in a town will not have the water supply for a while.

Is it correct to call that "a hydro outage"? If it's wrong, what is the correct term for that? Thanks a lot.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 4:47:57 AM

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It's water outage. If it lasts very long it can lead to water shortage.


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Romany
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:22:00 AM
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Robjen -

You're absolutely correct: - the prefix "hydro" does indeed refer to water.

However, it IS a prefix, which means it qualifies the noun which it precedes: hydro-electricity, hydrocortisone, hydrochloride.

And, being a prefix like "un" and "mis" and "de" it can't be used alone. Thus, one can't say "a hydro outage."

A "disruption to the water supply", would be fine. But we'd usually just say "The water's been cut off." or, far more seriously "Their water supply has run out."
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