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  • potable water
  • turns wastewater into something potable
  • convert sea water to potable water
  • The public golf course is watered with non-potable water.
  • There was very little potable water left in his skins.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Because of the island's lack of potable water, they concluded only 13,000 troops could be there.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Or you could demand commodities: non-potable water, steel of defined grade, heavy water of power plant specs, other things.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • This was clean, potable water, not something already cast away in a sopping towel.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "Conservative" is the word I've always associated with conserving our environment from pollution, ensuring that our water is potable and our grass green.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • It's potable water.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Almost deliberately she ruined her taste for the better sort of potable liquors, concealing from herself, under the convenient labellings of physic, the ugly crawling hunger in her blood.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • While the rest of us scrounged for potable water and food and stocked up on the weaponry for the last stand we were sure was coming, Daddy was out with my little brother's Radio Flyer carting home the books.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Most of the pages were filled with information like how to make a hot-rock bed, or a lean-to, or how to make water potable which I didn't really understand because I've never seen any water that can't be poured into a pot.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • What wonder then if fields and regions here Breathe forth Elixir pure, and rivers run Potable gold, when with one virtuous touch The arch-chemick sun, so far from us remote, Produces, with terrestrial humour mixed, Here in the dark so many precious things Of colour glorious, and effect so rare?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Coming to look on you, thinking you dead, And dead almost, my liege, to think you were, I spake unto this crown as having sense, And thus upbraided it: "The care on thee depending Hath fed upon the body of my father; Therefore, thou best of gold art worst of gold: Other, less fine in carat, is more precious, Preserving life in medicine potable; But thou, most fine, most honour'd, most renown'd, Hast eat thy bearer up."
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Uncle Alfred insists that Loveless Lake is 'potable'—he says we have swallowed so much of it, we would be dead if it weren't.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • And to facilitate such, may I ask if this hostel stocks potables?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • I am living proof that the waters of Loveless Lake are potable because I swallowed half the lake every summer while waterskiing with my cousins.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • STILLTENT: small, scalable enclosure of micro-sandwich fabric designed to reclaim as potable water the ambient moisture discharged within it by the breath of its occupants.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Now the United States was leading a concerted effort to block aid to Haiti's government—not just American aid but also grants and loans from other sources, including loans from an international agency that would have financed an increase in the supplies of potable water and improvements in roads, education, and the public health system.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains

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