water main


: a pipe or conduit for conveying water

Examples of water main in a Sentence

The water main burst and flooded the street.
Recent Examples on the Web Steven Senne, Associated Press file MEREDITH, N.H. — Flooding from a burst water main at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital has disrupted services for about 200 patients seeking to have children through in vitro fertilization, leaving some of them devastated. Nick Perry, Fortune Well, 4 Jan. 2024 Her term as mayor expires in 2025. Becker, who serves with a five-member Common Council, recently announced that the city received $5 million in federal grants that will allow Westminster to ensure a consistent water supply and replace a water main on Route 27. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 2 Jan. 2024 Lead pipes connect water mains in the street to homes and are typically the biggest source of lead in drinking water. CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 Authorities said the sinkhole was caused by a water main break. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 24 Jan. 2024 Because the fire water main is highly pressurized, a strong burst of water flooded the building, Johnston said. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 17 Jan. 2024 The two San Diego Gulls games that were postponed by a water main break at Pechanga Arena have been rescheduled for March. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2024 The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, City Hall building remains closed as officials assess damage after a fire water main froze and burst, causing significant flooding. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 17 Jan. 2024 Work included the installation of approximately 2,325 feet of 8-inch water main lines, valves and fire hydrants, new piping for water service to 31 connections, concrete manholes and sewer piping. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water main was in 1776

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“Water main.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20main. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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