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Drought-hit Texas town uses "witching" to find water
yahoo news via Reuters ^ | June 30, 2011 | Jim Forsyth

Posted on 07/01/2011 4:06:31 PM PDT by bgill

Using a couple of brass rods and a big helping of ingenuity, one tiny Texas town has managed to subvert a drought-related crisis and bring water to the people.

The Llano River was dangerously close to drying up as Texas faces a punishing and record-breaking drought. Residents of this Hill Country town west of Austin depend on the river for their entire water supply.

It neared zero flow this week, and the city was looking at trucking in water from 20 miles away, when city leaders employed the old-fashioned "witching" technique to strike water in the limestone bedrock near the city's water treatment plant.

"It was done by the use of two brass spindles ... and you walk with them in either hand," said City Manager Finley deGraffenried.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dowsing; drought; texas; witching
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Dousing is nothing new in GA and the Carolina’s. Up in the mountains most of the water is found via dousing. They are hardly ever wrong. In the old days they just used willow sticks for rods.


51 posted on 07/01/2011 7:03:08 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Viking2002

She not only found it, she rendered it inert.

Did she render anything else inert? :-)


52 posted on 07/01/2011 7:12:30 PM PDT by Rannug
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To: hellbender

That’s funny, I can witch. Found myself a nice shallow well to water my garden with.
Some can and some can’t. With the same tools in the same place. It’s an innate “gift” or ability to sense the presence of water or other naturally occuring elements. I’ve heard of those who can witch for gold. Never tried THAT.


53 posted on 07/01/2011 8:36:29 PM PDT by bog trotter
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To: kittymyrib

here in Indiana, we also call it witching for water. Everyone in my immediate family can do this to some extent. My dad, both of my brothers and me, our biological children, all have this ability. Some of us are stronger “watervanes” (that would be the descriptive my friend made up) than others, but we can all do it. My mother could not. We use branches or just a couple of metal clothes hangers.


54 posted on 07/01/2011 9:10:31 PM PDT by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: Viking2002
They're using my ex-wife to find water?!?

Think of water as a liquid asset.

55 posted on 07/01/2011 10:28:29 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Rannug

“Humans are a gullible bunch.”

If you’re ever in the Dallas area, drop by and I’ll shown you how it’s done. I learned dowsing (I don’t like the connotation of “witching”) 25 years ago as a young engineer.

I’ve never used it to did a well but for years I used rods weekly to find buried water and other utility lines. Even though I changed careers to the software field years ago, I still keep several pair in my trunk, including some thin wires that i used to use to find rebar so that I could tell drilling crews where to install groundwater monitoring wells and not have the drillslowed down by rebar.

Now I mainly use them when planting a shrub or tree and want to avoid hitting anything underground, including old tree roots.

The best I can tell, the rods somehow detect changes in density or electrical conductivity. I have no idea why some people can do it while others can’t. Also, some people mark the pipe or utility ith their heels and others with their toes. I’m a heel man myself.

I walk with the rods to find the rough location then usually get close to the ground to find the exact location. When I do that, the rods swing over the location of the object.

Don’t knock it till you’ve seen it. The odds are about 50-50 that you can do it yourself.


56 posted on 07/02/2011 1:00:08 AM PDT by DallasMike
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To: Rannug

“Humans are a gullible bunch.”

If you’re ever in the Dallas area, drop by and I’ll shown you how it’s done. I learned dowsing (I don’t like the connotation of “witching”) 25 years ago as a young engineer.

I’ve never used it to did a well but for years I used rods weekly to find buried water and other utility lines. Even though I changed careers to the software field years ago, I still keep several pair in my trunk, including some thin wires that i used to use to find rebar so that I could tell drilling crews where to install groundwater monitoring wells and not have the drillslowed down by rebar.

Now I mainly use them when planting a shrub or tree and want to avoid hitting anything underground, including old tree roots.

The best I can tell, the rods somehow detect changes in density or electrical conductivity. I have no idea why some people can do it while others can’t. Also, some people mark the pipe or utility ith their heels and others with their toes. I’m a heel man myself.

I walk with the rods to find the rough location then usually get close to the ground to find the exact location. When I do that, the rods swing over the location of the object.

Don’t knock it till you’ve seen it. The odds are about 50-50 that you can do it yourself.


57 posted on 07/02/2011 1:00:11 AM PDT by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike

Nope, not knocking it. I have never used peach branches, but I have sucsessivly used metal clothes hangers and cleaned off welding rods. I have had to find water lines tile beds. I cannot dowse as good as some, but generally have been successful.
Sure hope your weather conditions improve.


58 posted on 07/02/2011 6:11:44 AM PDT by Rannug
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