sew·​er·​age | \ ˈsü-ə-rij How to pronounce sewerage (audio) , ˈsu̇r-ij\

Definition of sewerage

1 : the removal and disposal of sewage and surface water by sewers
2 : a system of sewers
3 : sewage

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After state water quality officials ordered an investigation, the sewerage agency and the Richardson Bay Sanitary District poured dye into their systems to test for any additional pipe leaks. Matthew Pera, The Mercury News, "Marin beaches reopen as mysterious contamination wanes," 11 Aug. 2019 Nearby are many colonias, unincorporated slum-like areas where the poor live, lacking running water and sewerage. The Economist, "WelfareCalifornia and Texas are both failing their neediest citizens," 22 June 2019 An Entergy outage on April 7 that cut power to nearly 1,500 customers in Algiers also affected a sewerage treatment plant there run by a private company. Beau Evans,, "Operator logs show more S&WB power, pump issues than first disclosed," 9 June 2019 The Bayou Pattasat and Bayou Vincent projects are among a series of seven drainage/sewerage/street repair projects the city will soon embark upon. Bob Warren,, "Slidell City Council OKs $15 million in Hurricane Katrina-related work," 7 Feb. 2018 And there are many other places in the world where a lack of proper sewerage and inadequate vaccination might allow something similar to happen. The Economist, "Polio has been reported in Papua New Guinea," 28 June 2018 Kenya’s water network covers about 55 percent of household and businesses’ needs, with sewerage access at 15 percent, according to the regulator. David Herbling,, "Kenya to Sell Water Bonds to Plug Funding Gap Leaving Nation Dry," 29 Mar. 2018 Complicating the calculus is that Jefferson has other needs: drainage, sewerage and streets among the most pressing. Drew Broach,, "January freeze, pressure drop expose precarious nature of East Jefferson water system," 23 May 2018 Only about 47 percent of the hundreds of establishments are connected to the island’s main sewerage treatment plant, with many of the rest maintaining crude septic tanks or discharging their waste directly into the sea. Washington Post, "Tourists enjoy final day at beach before Boracay closure," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sewerage

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sewerage

: a system or process used for carrying away water and sewage


sew·​er·​age | \ ˈsü-ə-rij How to pronounce sewerage (audio) \

Kids Definition of sewerage

1 : the removal and disposal of waste materials by sewers
2 : a system of sewers

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