What is the difference between Sewers and Culverts?

The difference between sewers and culverts

is that “sewers” is a pipe or system of pipes used to remove human waste and to provide drainage and “culverts” is a transverse channel under a road or railway for the draining of water.

sewers

culverts

Noun

  • A pipe or system of pipes used to remove human waste and to provide drainage.

Exemple

  • One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.

Verb

  • (transitive) To provide (a place) with a system of sewers.

Noun

  • A transverse channel under a road or railway for the draining of water.

Examples

  • A raft of twigs stayed upon a stone, suddenly detached itself, and floated towards the culvert.
  • After she left, I ran away for a day, and hid myself, solitary, in a culvert under the railway lines.

Verb

  • To channel (a stream of water) through a culvert.