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"From the Ted Talk by David Sedlak: 4 ways we can avoid a catastrophic drought"

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For those of us who are frottunae enough to live in one of the world's great cities, we've never truly experienced the effects of a caaihrptsotc drought. We like to complain about the navy swhroes we have to take. We like our neighbors to see our dirty cars and our brown lawns. But we've never really faced the prospect of turning on the tap and having nothing come out. And that's because when things have gotten bad in the past, it's always been possible to expand a reservoir or dig a few more gudeotnarwr wells. Well, in a time when all of the weatr resources are spoken for, it's not going to be possible to rely on this tried and true way of providing ourselves with water.

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For those of us who are _________ enough to live in one of the world's great cities, we've never truly experienced the effects of a ____________ drought. We like to complain about the navy _______ we have to take. We like our neighbors to see our dirty cars and our brown lawns. But we've never really faced the prospect of turning on the tap and having nothing come out. And that's because when things have gotten bad in the past, it's always been possible to expand a reservoir or dig a few more ___________ wells. Well, in a time when all of the _____ resources are spoken for, it's not going to be possible to rely on this tried and true way of providing ourselves with water.

Solution

  1. showers
  2. fortunate
  3. catastrophic
  4. water
  5. groundwater

Original Text

For those of us who are fortunate enough to live in one of the world's great cities, we've never truly experienced the effects of a catastrophic drought. We like to complain about the navy showers we have to take. We like our neighbors to see our dirty cars and our brown lawns. But we've never really faced the prospect of turning on the tap and having nothing come out. And that's because when things have gotten bad in the past, it's always been possible to expand a reservoir or dig a few more groundwater wells. Well, in a time when all of the water resources are spoken for, it's not going to be possible to rely on this tried and true way of providing ourselves with water.

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los angeles 3
climate change 3
water resources 3
imported water 3
sewage treatment 3
treatment plant 3
organic chemicals 3
treatment wetland 3
santa ana 3
ana river 3
energy intensive 3

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urban water problem 5
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Important Words

  1. bad
  2. brown
  3. cars
  4. catastrophic
  5. cities
  6. complain
  7. dig
  8. dirty
  9. drought
  10. effects
  11. expand
  12. experienced
  13. faced
  14. fortunate
  15. great
  16. groundwater
  17. lawns
  18. live
  19. navy
  20. neighbors
  21. prospect
  22. providing
  23. rely
  24. reservoir
  25. resources
  26. showers
  27. spoken
  28. tap
  29. time
  30. true
  31. turning
  32. water
  33. wells