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    • Parrothead
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      It took a while to find the right one. But, I finally got a pump and strainer ordered, and paid for.
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      Part of a previous project I wanted to work on in Battambang, was to initially get a fairly constant (clean) water supply to the house. Ultimately, I want to drill a well. However, I wanted to do whatever it took to get the home in order so that it was "barang" livable, first. So, my priorities, in order of importance, were -
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      2. Semi-constant source of water - rain water collection / harvesting.
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      5. Possible solar water heating project.
      6. Anything else that I would need as a creature comfort.
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