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

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Now, I know what some of you are probably tinnkihg. "The aewnsr to our problem is to start building great big takns and attaching them to the dosutpwnos of our roof gutters, rainwater harvesting." Now, that's an idea that might work in some places. But if you live in a place where it mainly rains in the winter time and most of the water demand is in the summertime, it's not a very cost-effective way to solve a water problem. And if you experience the effects of a multiyear drguhot, like California's currently experiencing, you just can't bulid a rainwater tank that's big enough to solve your problem.

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Now, I know what some of you are probably ________. "The ______ to our problem is to start building great big _____ and attaching them to the __________ of our roof gutters, rainwater harvesting." Now, that's an idea that might work in some places. But if you live in a place where it mainly rains in the winter time and most of the water demand is in the summertime, it's not a very cost-effective way to solve a water problem. And if you experience the effects of a multiyear _______, like California's currently experiencing, you just can't _____ a rainwater tank that's big enough to solve your problem.

Solution

  1. drought
  2. answer
  3. build
  4. tanks
  5. downspouts
  6. thinking

Original Text

Now, I know what some of you are probably thinking. "The answer to our problem is to start building great big tanks and attaching them to the downspouts of our roof gutters, rainwater harvesting." Now, that's an idea that might work in some places. But if you live in a place where it mainly rains in the winter time and most of the water demand is in the summertime, it's not a very cost-effective way to solve a water problem. And if you experience the effects of a multiyear drought, like California's currently experiencing, you just can't build a rainwater tank that's big enough to solve your problem.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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