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Read an article about the importance of drinking water for the B2 First Use of English Part 2 which explains why all people should have a supply of clean water. The exercise is set at an Upper Intermediate Level of English.

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B2 First Use of English Part 2 Set 6 (The Importance of Drinking Water)

This exercise consists of an article about the important of drinking water in which there are 8 gaps. Each gap represents a missing word or phrase.

Fill in the missing words.

Water is an essential part of life. All plants and animals, including humans, contain a great deal (1) water. There is more (2) two-thirds of the human body is composed of water.

Without water, humans, animals and plants cannot survive. People cannot live (3) more than four days without water. However, they can stay alive much longer than that without food.

A large part of the earth is covered in water. Indeed, there is much more water than land. More than 70% of (4) surface of the earth is covered by oceans and seas.

Because water is so common (5) many parts of the world we often take it for granted. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. In many countries, (6) as East Africa, there is often a drought. This can lead to a famine because crops die without water. In addition, not all water is safe to drink (7) to containing dangerous bacteria and harmful chemicals.

It is tragic (8) so many people do not have access to a clean drinkable supply of water. The richer governments of the world should offer aid to help poorer countries to provide a safe water supply.

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