There IS something to ‘water witching’ or well dowsing, but whether it has anything to do with finding water, or not in the Fraser Valley, is another story. Sometimes, the relationship that a well driller might have with well dowsing is very simple:
Prior to drilling a well in the Fraser Valley, a driller is going to require a location on a property to drill. Typically a well driller would rather reduce the amount of time that he isn’t being compensated for locating the best water well site on a property, so it’s just much quicker for a driller to witch the property himself and not involve the opinion of a professional water finder regarding the possible best location to drill the well.
Typically, it’s a relief for the prospective well drilling customer to defer the site selection responsibility to someone who claims they can witch – even if the water dowser happens to be the water well driller. So, everyone is super delighted, right?
But always remember… a well driller’s primary concern is going to be about about the best access to get the well drilling rig & other drilling equipment on site, and back out again as quickly as possible without damage to the rig or getting stuck.
many well drilling rigs in British Columbia are the large dual rotary rigs, they are not just large but heavy and long. The DR as they are known in the industry require plenty of space to for set-up. The odds might also be pretty good that the driller who witched the site to to drill your water well will also have magically found the most level and easy-to-get-to location on the property!
In the Fraser Valley, random drilling or the park-and-drill method may actually greatly increase the odds of drilling a dry hole, the author has also been told by a couple island drillers that throwing a hat in the air and drilling where it lands is the best method to choose a drilling location. I guess we all have reasons for our practices within the industry, but we do know that people are often stressed and trust that a driller is going to protect them to the very best of their ability.
However, if you’re a bit uncomfortable with any of these site selection methods and want to have a dowsed or water witched location prior to drilling, then contact a professional well dowser in the Fraser Valley who has a very long history of success as a water finder or water witch.
A professional water finder or water witch is likely not going to be your great aunt who wants to pop over with her willow branch or a coat hanger to see if she can make it twitch… truthfully it might be just as effective to throw your hat in the air and drill where is lands! You will know an expert water dowser when you have one on-site, the well dowsing experts with decades of experience take their work and responsibility very serious.
All expert water finders will have an extensive and proven track record, typically with decades of experience. It’s also important to stay away from either overhead or underground power lines, gas lines etc. because drilling near them is not an option, always make your BC One Call when drilling for water in the Fraser Valley!