Definition of standpipe in US English:



  • A vertical pipe extending from a water supply, especially one connecting a temporary tap to the main.

    • ‘After all, while there may be reduced rainfall there haven't been any long periods of hot, dry weather, as there were in 1976 when many areas had standpipes in the street.’
    • ‘As the summit began yesterday, desperate kids in nearby shanty towns queued for water at standpipes.’
    • ‘Traffic on nearby Leeds Road was disrupted as police diverted cars round standpipes pumping water from the main road to help douse the flames.’
    • ‘Over the past six years, residents of informal settlements in the East London area had been consuming municipal water from standpipes for free as the council could not collect the revenue.’
    • ‘Family members and friends tried to put out the fire by attaching a hose to a nearby standpipe, but this did little to stop the blaze.’
    • ‘Then the air expands, forcing water up the standpipe, and into the elevated tank.’
    • ‘Ms Henwood has warned that queuing for water at standpipes in the street may become a feature of future summers in Hampshire.’
    • ‘Similarly, use of existing fire department standpipes and water supplies will be allowed.’
    • ‘The drain standpipe should always be taller than your highest water level in the machine to add protection from back-up water and siphoning.’
    • ‘Waterpipes have been frozen almost everywhere and in some places the public water standpipes have been frozen, resulting in considerable inconvenience to cottagers and others.’
    • ‘A 20-tonne capacity water truck can be filled in half an hour and standpipes have been set up for people to siphon off the water.’
    • ‘Additional standpipe feeds for the water sprinkler system were installed.’
    • ‘Every week, Christopher washes his clothes and collects drinking water at a standpipe in Beetham Gardens.’
    • ‘To hit home just how tough things were in the days before modern plumbing, visitors will be able to lift two gallon buckets of water, which is what people carried from the standpipe to their homes.’
    • ‘If water came from a standpipe, consumption would be less than half that so the cost in turn would be halved.’
    • ‘They will have a car park, sheds and standpipes for water, and most say they are happy to move.’
    • ‘The episode that audiences will see at the festival focuses on rural Caribbean life - specifically the women who carry water from the standpipe back to their homes.’
    • ‘The system enables individuals to use their own pre-paid cards to get water from a communal standpipe.’
    • ‘And women were beginning to wend their way down to the standpipes at the road to collect water for the day to carry back in buckets balanced on their heads.’
    • ‘The iron standpipe supplied residents of Rawcliffe with drinking water before the handful of cottages tapped into the mains.’