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    Rainwater evacuation thing on the sidewalk

    How do you call these slits on the sides of sidewalks through which rainwater is evacuated?

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    Re: Rainwater evacuation thing on the sidewalk

    Rainwater is drained off or discharged, not evacuated. People are evacuated.
    The 'slits' are part of the steel/iron gratings which cover the rainwater outlets/manholes.

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    Re: Rainwater evacuation thing on the sidewalk

    Quote Originally Posted by Zague View Post
    How do you call these slits on the sides of sidewalks through which rainwater is evacuated?

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    Zague
    Possibly a "culvert", but that's rather technical. I'd say "drain", as in:
    1. I've dropped my car keys in/down the drain!"
    I don't think the slits have a separate name.
    2. "I've dropped my car keys through the slits in the drain"
    Most people would say 1.


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    Re: Rainwater evacuation thing on the sidewalk

    So - the rain runs off the sidewalk, into the gutter at the side of the road.(((Is that what you were referring to when you said 'slits on the sides of the sidewalk?))) It runs down the gutter and into a drain, which is covered by a grating (a framework of parallel or crossed bars, about 1" apart, so that the rain runs through (and car keys can fall through! )- but people can walk on, and over.

    The drain is the pipe, or hole, or conduit that carries the rain as it comes through the grate into the main pipe under the road into which all the drains feed, called the sewer, which discharges into a river or the sea.

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    Re: Rainwater evacuation thing on the sidewalk

    It could be pipes/gutters/channels below the pavement but the rainwater drains through gratings which serve as a cover for the outlet/opening, as a surface to walk on and a sieve to prevent leaves, litter, etc from entering the drainage system. You also find grating on a bathroom or shower floor, where waste water flows through.

    The terms do vary from one country to another. So does the stormwater drainage systems.

    A culvert is an undergroung drain which crosses a road or driveway.
    A sewer for rainwater is called a storm sewer to distinguish it from a main sewerage pipe.
    I happen to be in the construction line.

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    Last edited by tedtmc; 20-Jul-2008 at 08:18.

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    Re: Rainwater evacuation thing on the sidewalk

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    It could be pipes/gutters/channels below the pavement but the rainwater drains through gratings [ ... ]
    I happen to be in the construction line.

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    Thanks tedtmc. I, for one, do appreciate members with specialist knowledge explaining what technical words mean.


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    Re: Rainwater evacuation thing on the sidewalk

    Thanks for correcting "evacuated". It's a false friend. In French water can be evacuated ("évacuée").

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