potable ˈpō-tə-bəl adjective and noun
adjective: suitable for drinking
noun: any liquid suitable for drinking
The word potable has appeared in 18 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 4 in “2 Hurricanes Devastated Central America. Will the Ruin Spur a Migration Wave?” by Natalie Kitroeff:
With hundreds of thousands of people still crowded into shelters in Guatemala, the risk of coronavirus spread is high. Aid workers have found widespread disease in remote communities hammered by the twin storms, including fungal infections, gastritis and flulike sicknesses.
“We are facing an imminent health crisis,” said Sofía Letona, the director of Antigua to the Rescue, an aid group, “Not just because of Eta and Iota, but also because these communities are completely unprotected from a second wave of Covid.”
Just as pressing are the illnesses brought on by a lack of food, potable water and shelter from continuing rain.