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

Danbury officials traveled hastily to Buffalo on Tuesday to get a part to fix a broken water main on Tamarack Avenue. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Officials Travel To Buffalo To Fix Danbury Water Main Break," 24 Apr. 2018 Westbound Elk Grove Blvd at Laguna Springs is closed this morning due to flooding and a broken water main. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Elk Grove Boulevard floods after water main bursts early Wednesday morning | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Jan. 2018 Elsewhere, road crews near Cincinnati scrambled to repair a water main that picked a lousy time to break. CBS News, "Wind chill advisories up as arctic air pushes across the country," 5 Jan. 2018 Money also was moved from the city's sanitary sewer project to fund vehicle purchases and water main improvements. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "Oak Forest tweaks budget to OK police, fire vehicle purchases," 4 Apr. 2018 Traffic backing up towards Newberg. *** TriMet has released its 2019 fiscal budget: An emergency water main repair will keep Southeast Linwood Avenue in Milwaukie closed between King Road and Johnson Creek Boulevard. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Plan now for weekend road closures for St. Patrick's Day events," 15 Mar. 2018 The water main project was necessary because the existing main dates back to 1920 and had reached the end of its useful life, officials said. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange approves road resurfacing to begin this summer," 10 July 2018 The city of Newport Beach will be performing the final paving of West Coast Highway in three locations through Mariners Mile from 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday as part of a water main replacement project. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Around Town: Scottish festival comes to Costa Mesa this weekend," 22 May 2018 The Forges Field Well Development Project — which also includes 3.5 miles of water main, a well station and a valve control station — is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Plymouth to increase water supply with new well," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of water main

1776, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of water main

: a large underground pipe that carries water

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