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What’s the Difference Between Sewerage & Sewage?

A plumber unclogs a sewer drain with his Plumbing Snake and tools.

To the uninformed, sewage might seem like a shortcut or misspelling of the word sewerage. However, the professionals at Septic Service Pro know the difference and apply it in home and commercial services.

Most of us don’t even think about how much waste we create every day. Actually, just about every minute we spend awake, we create waste that must be processed and recycled.

When you turn on the water to brush your teeth, where does that water go? Your shower? What about when you eat breakfast, wash the dishes and water the plants?

All of these things create waste, but luckily your septic system can return much of it to the earth for reuse. The solids sink to the bottom of the tank and must be cleaned out eventually — even that is taken to a waste management plant for more processing.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Defines the Difference

  • The Merriam- Webster Dictionary defines sewerage as: sew·e·rage ˈsü-ə-rij  or ˈsu̇r-ij \ the removal and disposal of sewage and surface water by sewers, or a a system of sewers.
  • However, sewage is defined as: sew·​age | \ ˈsü-ij  \ refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers.

So, we know by the Merriam-Webster definition that the waste we create in our daily living is “refuse liquids carried off by sewers.” Then, sewerage is the “system of sewers” that carries off our wastes (sewage).

The Septic Service Pro makes sure you do not have to deal with the difference. They ensure your sewerage system does what it is designed to do, carry off the sewage we create.

How It Works

Typically, homes create small amounts of waste that your septic system processes, while businesses and industries create more waste, which more extensive systems carry away.

Your septic system is the infrastructure that carries the sewage, but it processes rainwater and meltwater to help “purify” and recycle the waste. Septic Service Pro maintains these systems and infrastructures to ensure a proper flow.

Before we had the technologies we have today, homes and businesses dumped their sewage into rivers, streams, the ocean and other bodies of water. They didn’t know or care that they were causing harm to the same systems we were getting our drinking water from every day. There was no screening chamber like sewerage or septic systems.

Luckily, now sewage is transported into our septic system or sewers to a treatment plant. The wastewaters are returned to the environment, minus the solid waste, to get recycled.

Homes and businesses can benefit from the expertise of the professionals at Septic Service Pro to ensure their sewerage systems work perfectly to carry away the waste (sewage) we create. Call today to schedule a septic service inspection for your home or business.

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Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

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We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


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Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


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Cumming, GA 30040

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