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O'Daley's waterworks

O'Daley's waterworks

The Editor,

"Fair cop gov" - to coin an expression from the East End of London -

regarding dubious practices in the water trade. (Phnom Penh Post 23 August)

I blame the foreigners. They are the gullible ones. The ones driving around in large

fancy cars with flags waving are the easiest to fool.

Without them I would not have a such a lucrative business.

I have a small plot of land in the heart of Boueng Keng Kong which at present is

yielding more than if I built one of those modern looking ice cream cake houses,

so popular with face conscious foreigners.

My operation is very simple.

I refill the 20 litre containers from an open water tank, home to frogs, fish, bats

and the rest. I believe that nature's waste supplements the water with minerals.

Then out with a hairdryer to "seal" the container and hey presto, I have

a dollar in the hand for a cost of five cents.

The containers are then delivered to the small kiosks that litter the expat neighborhood

and as they say "Money for old rope", or maybe "old rope" should

be substitute with "recycled water".

Eat your heart out Eurotech.

- Shamus O'Daley, Daleys Water Works, Street 304, Phnom Penh.

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