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From the Ted Talk by Lana Mazahreh: 3 thoughtful ways to conserve water

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Taking me to lesson three: look below the surface. weatr savings can come from unceetexpd places. Singapore is the eighth most water-scarce ctonruy in the world. It depends on imported water for almost 60 percent of its water needs. It's also a very small isalnd. As such, it needs to make use of as much space as possible to catch raflinal. So in 2008, they built the Marina Barrage. It's the first-ever urban water reservoir built in the middle of the city-state. It's the largest water catchment in the country, almost one-sixth the size of Singapore. What's so amazing about the Marina Barrage is that it has been built to make the maximum use of its large size and its unexpected yet important loaoticn. It brings three valuable benefits to the country: it has boosted Singapore's water splupy by 10 percent; it protects low aares around it from foldos because of its connection to the sea; and, as you can see, it acts as a beautiful lifestyle attraction, hosting several events, from art exhibitions to music festivals, attracting joggers, bikers, tourists all around that area.

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Taking me to lesson three: look below the surface. _____ savings can come from __________ places. Singapore is the eighth most water-scarce _______ in the world. It depends on imported water for almost 60 percent of its water needs. It's also a very small ______. As such, it needs to make use of as much space as possible to catch ________. So in 2008, they built the Marina Barrage. It's the first-ever urban water reservoir built in the middle of the city-state. It's the largest water catchment in the country, almost one-sixth the size of Singapore. What's so amazing about the Marina Barrage is that it has been built to make the maximum use of its large size and its unexpected yet important ________. It brings three valuable benefits to the country: it has boosted Singapore's water ______ by 10 percent; it protects low _____ around it from ______ because of its connection to the sea; and, as you can see, it acts as a beautiful lifestyle attraction, hosting several events, from art exhibitions to music festivals, attracting joggers, bikers, tourists all around that area.

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  2. island
  3. areas
  4. supply
  5. water
  6. unexpected
  7. location
  8. rainfall
  9. floods

Original Text

Taking me to lesson three: look below the surface. Water savings can come from unexpected places. Singapore is the eighth most water-scarce country in the world. It depends on imported water for almost 60 percent of its water needs. It's also a very small island. As such, it needs to make use of as much space as possible to catch rainfall. So in 2008, they built the Marina Barrage. It's the first-ever urban water reservoir built in the middle of the city-state. It's the largest water catchment in the country, almost one-sixth the size of Singapore. What's so amazing about the Marina Barrage is that it has been built to make the maximum use of its large size and its unexpected yet important location. It brings three valuable benefits to the country: it has boosted Singapore's water supply by 10 percent; it protects low areas around it from floods because of its connection to the sea; and, as you can see, it acts as a beautiful lifestyle attraction, hosting several events, from art exhibitions to music festivals, attracting joggers, bikers, tourists all around that area.

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