sew·​age | \ˈsü-ij \

Definition of sewage 

: refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers

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As of a few months ago, the company had sent 1,000 Powerpacks to 662 locations in Puerto Rico, and Electrek reported that the batteries powered a hospital, sewage treatment plant, and water pumping station. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Elon Musk’s big, failed plan to bring a mini-submarine to rescue the Thai boys," 10 July 2018 The tunnel will be able to capture up to 41.5 million gallons of polluted water and hold it until it can be cleaned at an MDC sewage treatment plant. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Starting July 5, Traffic Detour Set Up Around Talcott Road For MDC Tunnel Project," 29 June 2018 About 60 percent of the cruise ship fleet worldwide — including Princess and Crystal lines — has upgraded its sewage treatment devices, according to Friends of the Earth. San Francisco Chronicle, "federal laws didn’t prohibit discharges into the sanctuary," 2 June 2018 Since 2006, Crystal Mountain has built sewage-water-treatment facilities, but the litigation continued over controlling runoff from parking lots and other hard surfaces into the creek. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Crystal ski area ordered to control parking-lot runoff by Oct. 31," 1 June 2018 New Lenox has found a different site for its proposed new regional sewage treatment plant — one that is affordable for the village and amenable to residents, officials said. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "New Lenox strikes new deal for sewer plant site," 17 May 2018 Hospitals and other key installations in Gaza, such as sewage treatment and water pumping stations, heavily rely on generators because of hours-long power cuts every day., "Death toll for Gaza protests rises; more demonstrations expected," 15 May 2018 According to village officials, the rate adjustment was necessary due to increases in sewage treatment charges the village pays to the Fox River Water Reclamation District. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 12 May 2018 News has come to light that Salah has spent $450,000 to buy land in his native village back in Egypt and build a sewage treatment plant., "Mohamed Salah Lives Up to His 'Egyptian King' Nickname With Huge Donation to Native Village," 5 May 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


sew·​age | \ˈsü-ij \

Medical Definition of sewage 

: refuse liquids or waste matter carried off by sewers

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