gray water


Definition of gray water 

: household wastewater (as from a sink or bath) that does not contain serious contaminants (as from toilets or diapers)

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Image Although many tourists flock to Florida for its glorious palette of white beaches, blue-gray waters and yellow sun, the state is also home to lush and exotic gardens in every shade of green. New York Times, "6 Great Gardens to Visit in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 The plan includes solar energy installations and plumbing for gray water. Phillip Molnar,, "Developer plans moderate-priced housing in Spring Valley," 20 Dec. 2017 Wine barrels were dusted in ash, and the fountain in front of the 19th-century stone-and-mortar building was filled with muddy gray water. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Ellen Garrison, sacbee, "‘Death puts a pall on visitors’: California wine country wonders when tourists will return," 16 Oct. 2017 In 1956, a drunk and frustrated Parris Island DI led seventy-four recruits into the gray waters of Ribbon Creek as a disciplinary training exercise. Alex French, Esquire, "The Mysterious Death of a Muslim Marine Recruit," 11 Jan. 2017

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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