Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A catchment area may refer to:
- Catchment area (human geography), the area and population from which a facility or region attracts visitors or customers
- Drainage basin, an extent of land where water from precipitation drains into a body of water
In human geography, a catchment area is the area from which a city, service or institution attracts a population that uses its services. For example, a school catchment area is the geographic area from which students are eligible to attend a local school.
Governments and community service organizations often define catchment areas for planning purposes and public safety such as ensuring universal access to services like fire departments, police departments, ambulance bases and hospitals.