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Indianos compram água potável com cartões pré-pagos

Transcript

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.

Transcrição em português

Não, isto não é um caixa automático, mas uma máquina na qual se pode comprar água potável.

Faz parte de um projeto lançado pela prefeitura da capital da Índia, Nova Déli.

As pessoas usam cartões pré-pagos para encher recipientes pagando uma pequena quantia. A água provém de um centro de tratamento de baixo custo local.

O projeto pode estar mudando a vida dos moradores da capital, mas, para milhões de indianos no resto do país que não têm a água limpa, outras iniciativas serão necessárias.

Vocabulary

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.

Answers

Source: York sugar factory redevelopment plan unveiled http://bbc.in/X8SJAZ

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

Source: Camp for Syrian refugees starts to look more like home http://bbc.in/WLi586

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

Source: How Australia's Perth is battling a water crisis http://bbc.in/1pbVBqw

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

Source: Jersey sewage plant 'needs to be replaced' http://bbc.in/1rWZBwz

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

Source: Call for end to 'throwaway society' http://bbc.in/1rz05IU