Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the articles "el" and “un” in the singular.
agua potablefeminine noun
La expedición estaba empezando a quedarse sin víveres y sin agua potable.The expedition was getting short of food supplies and drinking water.
b. potable water (technical)
Miles de litros de agua potable se pierden en la ciudad por cañerías dañadas.Thousands of liters of potable water are lost through damaged pipes in the city.
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