sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij How to pronounce sewage (audio) \

Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers

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Officials said Friday that additional samples now show about 165,000 gallons of sewage overflow. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 That overflow estimate included rainwater, as well as raw sewage overflow. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Raw sewage overflowing from Baytown manholes after recent storms.. .again," 26 June 2019 Water comes from a community well and sewage is collected in septic tanks. Riley Murdock, azcentral, "Development marches past the edge of metro Phoenix, swallowing ‘the nothingness, the openness, the freedom’," 22 June 2019 Orlando Utilities Commission and city public works crews are continuing to repair a ruptured water main and sewage line that has shut down a portion of Orange Avenue, an OUC spokeswoman said. Tess Sheets,, "Part of Orange Avenue remains shut down as utilities crews work to repair ruptured water, sewage lines," 22 June 2019 In order to compete with that sewer system, a company would have to dig separate sewer lines to your home all the way to their own sewage treatment facility. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Colorado cities like Longmont and Boulder are venturing into ill-advised monopolistic ventures," 21 June 2019 Bacteria concentrations in recreational waters can increase during and immediately after rainstorms due to overflowing sewage collection, stormwater runoff, malfunctioning septic systems, and agricultural runoff., "Health advisory issued for swimming near Fairhope public beach," 21 June 2019 The freshwater from the river carries comparatively high levels of nutrients, including fertilizer from Midwest farms and untreated or incompletely treated sewage from communities along the river and its tributaries, into the lake. Diana Samuels,, "Algae bloom rising in Lake Pontchartrain, so stay out of the water and avoid lake fish, health department warns," 21 June 2019 His two colleagues deftly dumped the sewage into what looked like old seed sacks, tying them up perfectly without any leaks. National Geographic, "They perform an essential health service—in secret," 17 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce sewage (audio) \

Kids Definition of sewage

: waste materials carried off by sewers


sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij How to pronounce sewage (audio) \

Medical Definition of sewage

: refuse liquids or waste matter carried off by sewers

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