One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Waste water and excrement conveyed in sewers.
dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matterView synonyms
- ‘The water manages to get into the sewage system causing the waste to surge up out of the manholes.’
- ‘Usually the water mixes with the raw sewage, clogging up the drainage system.’
- ‘She wrinkled her nose in disgust as she climbed out of her car and was hit with the stench of sewage and garbage.’
- ‘When it rains, the water carries sewage with it into the lake, polluting the water.’
- ‘It was also delivering water to the camp, where many mains and sewage pipes are broken.’
- ‘There the experts were noting that farm drugs are turning up increasingly in sewage and ground water.’
- ‘The survey of the area revealed sewage contamination of the drinking water supply.’
- ‘A spokeswoman for Wessex Water said there was no choice but to pump diluted sewage into rivers.’
- ‘It has no paved roads, no sewage treatment system and no landline telephones.’
- ‘The problem of piped water and sewage disposal in the UK was solved over 150 years ago.’
- ‘One of the main concerns about the plan centred on the inadequacy of the current sewage system.’
- ‘The lake has now become a dumping ground for the city's sewage and industrial waste.’
- ‘The order arose after many of the wells were found to be contaminated with human sewage.’
- ‘We want guarantees of investment in transport links, sewage treatment and water supply.’
- ‘Who would eat something that has spent its life treading water around sewage outlets?’
- ‘A court directive to stop letting sewage into the storm water drain is not yet enforced.’
- ‘One pipe had been blocked by fat from the kitchens, forcing raw sewage into the water course.’
- ‘Homeowners whose gardens were flooded with raw sewage are still waiting for the waste to be cleared up.’
- ‘Power is produced by fermenting raw sewage at the new Bournemouth treatment works.’
- ‘In fact, sewage had seeped into the town's water supplies and contaminated the water.’
Mid 19th century: from sewer, by substitution of the suffix -age.
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