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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

lloacs in Namibia, one of the most arid countries in Southern Africa, have been drinking recycled water since 1968. Now, you may tell me many countries rcecyle water. I would say yes. But very few use it for drinking pspueros, mostly because people don't like the thought of water that was in their toilets going to their taps. But nimabia could not afford to think that way. They looked below the surface to save water. They are now a great example of how, when countries purify waste water to drinking standards, they can ease their water shortages, and in Namibia's case, pdorvie drinking water for more than 300,000 citizens in its ciatapl city.

Open Cloze

______ in Namibia, one of the most arid countries in Southern Africa, have been drinking recycled water since 1968. Now, you may tell me many countries _______ water. I would say yes. But very few use it for drinking ________, mostly because people don't like the thought of water that was in their toilets going to their taps. But _______ could not afford to think that way. They looked below the surface to save water. They are now a great example of how, when countries purify waste water to drinking standards, they can ease their water shortages, and in Namibia's case, _______ drinking water for more than 300,000 citizens in its _______ city.

Solution

  1. capital
  2. recycle
  3. locals
  4. purposes
  5. namibia
  6. provide

Original Text

Locals in Namibia, one of the most arid countries in Southern Africa, have been drinking recycled water since 1968. Now, you may tell me many countries recycle water. I would say yes. But very few use it for drinking purposes, mostly because people don't like the thought of water that was in their toilets going to their taps. But Namibia could not afford to think that way. They looked below the surface to save water. They are now a great example of how, when countries purify waste water to drinking standards, they can ease their water shortages, and in Namibia's case, provide drinking water for more than 300,000 citizens in its capital city.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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