Using A Water Dowser

Posted on: 7 January 2016

Water dowsing is the ancient art of finding water using a stick, rod, or pendulum. When the dowser passes over water, the tool or tools will be pulled downward. Although this method may not seem "scientific," it has been a reliable method for centuries. If you are planning to dig a well, you should consider hiring a water dowser. 

The Proof

Even though water dowsing is an ancient art, many skeptics of the practice exist. They believe that water dowsers are merely "lucky" when they find water and that anyone randomly digging a well could be just as successful. However, a German study found that dowsers had a far higher rate of success than simple luck could provide. During the study, water dowsers were successful 96% of the time in an area where finding water was difficult. Some people speculate that water dowsers can "sense" the energy given off by water, a theory that is supported by the reaction of some animals to electromagnetic fields.

The Advantages

If you find a water dowser with a proven record, you can save a great deal of money that might be wasted by drilling dry well shafts. Establishing a well is an expensive proposition, costing approximately $5000 to $7000. Failure to find water on the first try can be a crushing financial burden. Dowsers are currently popular in drought-stricken California where the demand for wells has increased with the decline of their other water sources. A dowser can charge between $500 and $1000 for their expertise while a geologist may cost thousands of dollars. For many people, the later investment is out of reach. 


With the exception of a few studies such as the one conducted by German scientists, not much hard proof of dowsing effectiveness exists. You will have to count on personal recommendations and a bit of faith if you employ a dowser. Of course, geologists also make the wrong call at times. You will have to decide what level of risk you are willing to assume no matter which option you choose. 

Digging a well requires an expert drilling crew. Deciding where to dig is the most difficult part of putting in a well. If you are planning to have one dug, consider using a water dowser. For many farmers and homeowners, choosing this method has been a successful move. The cost of dowsers is comparatively low, and they can save you thousands in unsuccessful drilling efforts. For more information, contact companies like Henderson Well & Pump Co.