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A piece of slate (used for roofing) acting as a two way water valve. In places where slate is not used because it does not snow, such as in some places in Uttarakhand, I have seen a plank of wood being used to stop water flow to the garhaat and at the same time divert water away to turn off the mill at the end of the day or for maintenance.

water valve gharaat waterpowered flour mill

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