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Last updated at 12:14 BST, Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Water ATMs

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No, it's not an ATM, but a machine selling clean drinking water.

It's part of a project launched by the city government in the Indian capital, Delhi.

People use pre-paid cards to fill containers for a small fee. The water comes from a local, low-cost treatment plant.

The scheme may be changing the lives of these residents, but for millions across the country without access to clean water, more initiatives will be needed.

drinking water

water that is safe to drink

pre-paid (also: prepaid)

already paid for

treatment

(here) a process in which something is cleaned and/or prepared for use

access

(here) the opportunity to use or have something

initiatives

new plans or projects

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

drinking water / pre-paid / treatment / access / initiatives

1.
York City Council is applying for government grants to make the housing energy and water efficient and to pay for green transport _________.

2.
There is no need for cash. The shop accepts World Food Programme (WFP) food vouchers and will soon switch to _________ debit cards.

3.
Perth can now get half of its _________ from the ocean, although conservationists worry that the process is expensive and energy hungry.

4.
Jersey's sewage _________ plant needs to be replaced at the cost of £75m, according to the council of ministers.

5.
In Wales, more than 90% of homes now have _________ to organic recycling facilities.

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How did you do?

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initiatives

2

pre-paid

3

drinking water

4

treatment

5

access

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