More Water Divination

I had family at the farm over the NSW long weekend and the middle nephew told me about the success of water dowsing on his property up in the Northern Rivers area.

Seems two welding rods were shaped into “L” forms and when the observer grasped one in each hand and walked over the “water” stream, the unbelieveable happened – the two welding rods rotated horizontally over coming any friction from the clenched hands. He remarked that the force was quite strong.

Mainstream hydrologists and professional sceptics reject this phenomenon but it’s easy enough to explain using basic physics.

Moving ground water generates a weak magnetic field which if an electric conductor is passed through generates a force that causes the conductor to move. It’s the Lorentz Force.

Water dowsing also works if you use a freshly cut sapling, but not if you use an old, dried out stick; it’s necessary to deploy an electrically conductive length of rod. Standing still over an underground water stream won’t work either, since the electric conductors you are holding are not moving through the magnetic field. One has to move through the magnetic field to get the dowsing rods to react.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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6 Responses to More Water Divination

  1. THX1138 says:

    Well, I can say that it certainly does work. As an aspiring scientist years ago, I didn’t want anything to do with “witching” for water, but my father had me try it with a tree branch, and sure enough, that branch twisted in my hands so hard, I could not stop it. We found water 19 feet down, part of an underground spring.

    Dr. Stephan Reiss, who created “Primary Water” wells for large communities, certainly used dowsing to find the underground water. Primary Water is our REAL source of water — made deep underground by hydrogen and oxygen combining under pressure. The water we wring our hands about up here on the surface of the earth is secondary water — the result of rain/evaporation cycles. Primary water renews itself, yet ordinary people cannot access it even if they know about it because — the catch! — deep wells are required, and governments claim that which is beneath the land beyond a certain depth. Still, some primary water makes its way to the surface …
    Scientific American: A recent study documented the presence of vast quantities of water locked far beneath the earth’s surface. That study confirmed “that there is a very, very large amount of water that’s trapped in a really distinct layer in the deep Earth… approaching the sort of mass of water that’s present in all the world’s oceans.”

    Primary Water: Who Knew? | About The Sky


  2. wyoskeptic says:

    A couple of decades ago, I worked for the local city Water dept. All the guys who worked in the distribution system (i.e. took care of the fire hydrants, mains and service lines) carried welding rods or brass “brazing” rods bent into the “L” shape on their work trucks. (A couple of them used short lengths of wood dowel with holes drilled in them as handles so that there was even less tendency for the person to do the moving or to keep them from moving instead of whatever was below.) They often used them to find underground mains and service lines, particularly when the more modern metal detectors or locators failed to work. (The dowsing rods worked even on the PVC mains which the metal detectors would not locate.)

    Most of those who began working there almost always started out saying “you got to be kidding!” It usually did not take long before they were learning how to dowse as well. There were a few guys who, for unknown reasons, never could get the knack of it. Most could, however. A few got to be very good at it. But it was funny that with all the “modern” equipment available, often it was this ages old technique which worked when nothing else would.

    P.s. I use the word guys, but there were a couple of gals as well over the years. Both became pretty good at it as I recall.


    • Thanks! It’s more common than I realised.

      Yes, I have personal experience myself using metal coat-hangers locating water pipes and ground water. The Russians also developed dowsing machines or instruments last century that could be used in aerial surveys, but how much of that technology is available in english publications is unknown.

      How much of the technique is due to the EM effects of the human body is another factor to consider.


  3. moonkoon says:

    Hi Louis.

    It definitely works, I have used the L shaped fencing wire method to locate water carrying pipes, both pvc and metal. Never had any success with green sticks but have witnessed others using them. The wire(s) tend to line up with the pipe whereas the stick bends down towards the pipe.

    The wire reacts most strongly when it is directly above the water pipe, suggesting perhaps the existence of some type of vertically directed field, like a narrow invisible jet.

    The reaction of the wire can be quite pronounced but it does seem to vary with the degree of distraction of the operator. It is almost like the wire/operator system has to be “tuned” to whatever it is that is being detected.


    • Think of a water pipe as a copper wire along which an electric current is present. This will generate a magnetic field that stretches out some distance. Water divining is thus the process of moving an electric conductor, the L-shaped fencing wire, through a magnetic field which causes a force and hence motion.

      It’s that simple but the number of scientists who cannot comprehend this is quite astonishing. Mind you those scientists also have no difficulty believing the idea of human caused global warming either, so in both cases the ‘scientist’ rejects empirical data, and thus self-identifies as a non-scientist.


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