WNC is in the midst of a drought (or was not too long ago). That means people living outside the public utilities have to rely on a well or spring to provide water to their homes. A few wells are running dry. Maybe some of you don't have to worry too much about this due to your location but here in the mountains it can mean a big expense and sometimes a big, expensive headache. Never fear my friends! Just use a dowser.
This is not the first time I've heard of folks employing the services of this craft.
From the article:
"Even if the water is at a low level, I'm still picking up the fractures the water is in. If we're picking up water at the height of the drought, then that's a good sign that we'll have year-round water."
Barnes made a believer out of Scott Paquin, who runs Firefly Farm in Celo. Paquin needed a well for his livestock, but he worried about finding adequate water after a neighbor drilled 700 feet only to get a trickle of a half gallon per minute.
After dowsing the property, Barnes located three potential sites, estimating water could be found about 225 feet down at four gallons per minute. When Paquin brought in the well driller, they struck water at 110 feet, then another vein at 220 feet. At 280 feet, they found a fracture with a flow of 14 gallons per minute.
"It's about $10 or more a foot to drill a well, so it's much cheaper to have a dowser come in," Paquin said. "With all this development we have going on in the mountains with everybody poking holes in the ground everywhere, that's a real concern."
I don't have any idea what they charge since most only ask for donations so it's up to you when asking for their help.