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Āb Anbār( traditional reservoir of drinking water)
Āb Anbārs, Cisterns, or Water Reservoirs have been designed and built in various regions of Iran for centuries. An effective response to water conflicts they were considered to be an important aspect to reserve drinking water. Resistance to earthquakes, they were built from tough materials, and extensively used a special mortar called sarooj made of sand, clay, egg whites, lime, goat hair, and ash in specific proportions, depending on location and climate of the city. This mixture, born out of years of practice, was thought to be completely water impenetrable. In order to access the water, one would go through the entrance (sar-dar) which would always be open, traverse a stairway and reach the bottom where there would be faucets to access the water in the reservoirs.
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