sew·age | \ ˈsü-ij \

Definition of sewage 

: refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers

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The sterilization step is important given past concerns about sewage and agricultural contaminating the supply. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Family Flew in Special Water for Prince Louis's Christening Today," 10 July 2018 Water, sewage and trash is included in the price of the rent. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 That, combined with sewage and pesticide runoff, killed off half of the islands’ coral reefs in 2014 and 2015, Gabbard said. Peter Fimrite,, "Hawaii to ban sunscreen that damages coral," 7 July 2018 Milwaukee's rivers became so smelly from sewage and pollution that civic figures more than once proposed capping them and transforming them into actual sewers. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 2018 Imperial Beach, which includes the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, has portions of its shoreline off-limits to swimmers roughly a third of the year on average due to sewage and other water pollution flowing from Mexico. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Surfrider says county's Tijuana River Valley Regional Park "too dirty" for planned campground," 3 July 2018 In recent years, the sargassum has had more than its fair share of nitrogen, thriving on the fertilizer, livestock manure, human waste and sewage that seeps into the Gulf from the Mississippi River. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018 He and his neighbors have had problems with low water pressure, backed-up sewage and noxious fumes. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Water taps dry, sewers overflow as Johnson Utilities owner faces bribery trial," 28 June 2018 Spread Sheet asked real-estate data firms ATTOM Data Solutions and UtilityScore to compile average water and sewage bills for almost 11,000 cities across the country. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "Where Residents Pay Buckets of Money—for Water," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of sewage

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sewage

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English Language Learners Definition of sewage

: waste material (such as human urine and feces) that is carried away from homes and other buildings in a system of pipes


sew·age | \ ˈsü-ij \

Kids Definition of sewage

: waste materials carried off by sewers


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Medical Definition of sewage 

: refuse liquids or waste matter carried off by sewers

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