water main


Definition of 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 The last time South Milwaukee had a similar water supply issue was in February 2010 when a water main line ruptured, Mayzik said. Erik S. Hanley, Journal Sentinel, 22 June 2022 Tens of thousands of residents in the western Texas city of Odessa were with little to no water service Tuesday due to a massive water main break. Faris Tanyos, CBS News, 14 June 2022 Officials have also issued warnings in many areas for residents to avoid drinking local water due to a broken water main and submerged wells. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 14 June 2022 The city said taps in 165,000 homes and businesses lost pressure or went completely dry after a 24-inch water main broke Monday afternoon. CBS News, 19 June 2022 The drinking water wasn’t safe to consume in many areas after a water main broke, county officials said on Facebook earlier this week. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 17 June 2022 The city announced Tuesday that a 24-inch water main had broken late Monday night at the intersection of 42nd and San Jacinto. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2022 Concrete placement on the westbound lanes of U.S. 60 is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday night as roadway reparations continue after a water main broke on May 7. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 The water main that broke was made from 1940s-era cast iron, but the city has even older pipes, so the cause was not necessarily age. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of water main

1776, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2022

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“Water main.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20main. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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