Need water? Choose a random spot, drill, and drill some more, until you hit water. However, if you want to pinpoint the ideal location for clean, clear water, with minimal drilling, you might consider hiring a dowser like Bill Getz to survey the land. Hear about this age-old craft that combines sticks and rods with intuition, a connection to nature, and perhaps a dose of psychic energy.
Recorded at the John Burroughs' Woodchuck Lodge, as part of their Wild Saturdays series.
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And we're going to look where the best part is to get the water and then you feel it pulling down. I can feel it pulling down and I'm holding it back when my fingers don't hurt a third. Welcome back to cats cast, the bi weekly podcast featuring history interviews, arts and culture, sustainability and the outdoors in the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley. This week, we doused for water with lifelong water dowser bill gets of scary New York. He demonstrated his craft at the John Burroughs wood Chuck lodge in Roxbury. More on Bill and on this age old practice after this. Cats cast is supported by Dixon roadside, serving a unique twist on comfort food using fresh ingredients, sourced from the bountiful farms and small businesses of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley open for takeout with a heated patio and indoor seating in Woodstock, New York. And by the central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, providing services to businesses, community organizations and local governments in the central Catskills region. Follow the central Catskills Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, and sign up for a weekly email of local events at Central catskills.org. need water, you have a choice, find a random spot drill and drill some more until you hit water or before committing to that spot for a well hire a dowser like bill gets to find the ideal location for Clean Clear Water with minimal drilling. So what is dowsing? Bill's website defines it as a technique for bringing information from the intuitive or subconscious senses to the attention of the rational mind with a potential value in every area of human endeavor research and activity. Traditionally speaking, that activity is finding water. Bill recounts on his site how one homeowners 255 foot well produced five gallons per minute of sulfur and clay infused water requiring a $7,000 treatment system. When that well failed, build dowels to site just 25 feet from that original location leading to a new well just 101 feet deep, yielding clean, clear water at a rate of 20 gallons per minute. Using up fork stick, a pendulum, metal rods or even a coat hanger dowsers connect with the earth and tune in to sources of water below the surface. Bill gets discovered the craft and knew he had a gift for it. At a young age. When I was four years old. I was in kindergarten. I was a war baby of World War Two. My parents were building a drive in restaurant out the country and they needed to have a a well put in. My father did not doubt. But he was very creative and dreaming and solving problems that his father who died in 1941, two years before I was born was a very good water dancer. And whether or not I inherited any of that is possible. When the dowser came he had a wide rod like this. And he walked along and he found a spot where the rod pulled down I was watching and he had found a well that they dug for 10 feet deep. And the water came up to within a foot of the surface. It was almost Springpad that well is still being used today. He laid the stick down on the ground when he was negotiating with my father and I went over picked her up and tried to imitate what he was doing. And I walked along with it was going to pull down Oh wow. Like that. And he he comes over, picks it up and he says don't be afraid of it. He said you've got a natural ability to find water. He says let me show you how he spent the 20 to 30 minutes who had met didn't talk to my father. He talked to me. And he said but you're gonna have to practice this on a regular basis before you try to find a well. Well, we had a local farmer that was coming to our restaurant and pumping 1055 gallon drums of water a day. And then the third day came and I said you know I might be able to find your water down by your barn So I went down, I found a little wellsite. It was 12 feet deep. The son put the well and, and it's still in use today. Bill has a gift not only for finding the best site for water, but for determining how deep to drill. He works with homeowners and several trusted drilling companies that have found success through Bill's methods. At first bill gets doused for free with the request neighbors, all of a sudden realize that I was doing us and they asked me to come over and geyser site. And I was doing it and saying, like make their contribution to the fire department or the ambulance squad or somebody. And what I found out as well drillers were wanting to drill where it was easiest for them to drive to. And if the well was down here, instead of up here, then they would say no, we want to drill right here by the driveway. They didn't want to drive across the lawn and have to do 5060 foot trench. And I asked the people what happened? Did they ever make a contribution? No, we never did that. And what about the Well, well, they drove 400 feet. I said, Well, I predicted 85 for you. And I said the site's still over there if you ever want to redrill that this time it's going to cost you an afternoon I had joined the American Society of dancers, I found out that most of the dowsers charged some sort of a fee because they were putting in anywhere from from one to four hours worth of their time to go do it. These days billed charges $330 $2 A site plus travel time, he'll travel up to an hour from school Harry, but can recommend other dowsers if you're out of his range. For every job I've given away to four other dozers the I get two more phone calls coming in the major Good job, you know, I'm 78 I want to enjoy my life entirely. I didn't do it to be working full time and retirement. Ready originally dowsers used to walk back and forth across property. And they'd hold the stick and look for water veins. And every time it pulls down, they mark where that was and move back 10 feet away and do it again and do it again until they've covered the whole property. And then they check and see where the marks were in which way the water veins were flowing and where they gather together. Well, there was an easier way to do it. Instead of spending two to three hours walking the fields, and then trying to figure out and analyze what every vein was. And if you're just looking for water with a dowsing rod, you'll find do you'll find water that not drinkable water, you'll find water that can't be drilled, you'll find all sorts of water. That don't mean what really came to do. What I do is I set up a program search program of where's the best place to drill to get the greatest amount of good tastes and clear potable water that will meet the homeowners needs and not interfere with somebody else's water supply. That search program is a metaphor. Bill asks the rods, the earth, his intuition, maybe to guide the rods to the best spot for clean, drinkable water and scan the property across like this. But I just ask where's the best place to get the greatest amount of good tastes and clear potable water and the rod turns and stops. So I'll put two flags in here and line him line them up with the old rod and make sure exactly where they go. Then I'd move down on the lawn and ask the question again and scan it across the end I get a spot that lines up with a big tree that's over on the wall over there. I'll do that from a third site, and where the three lines all come together. That's where the weld spot is to drill. And from there, I'll ask other questions. How many water veins will feed this well, one to get a two and I'll ask how deep is it to the first spade? How thick is that made? How deep to the second pain and so on. I also ask how deep does a well need to be drilled in order to give an adequate water supply because you have to set the pump 10 feet Low, the bottom pane and at least 10 feet above the bottom as well. So you got a add on at least 20 feet off the bottom sickness the water bank that you ask how deep do you need to drill the wall to have a good reserve to the family and it might tell me that the water is 16 feet on the first of IP 40 feet on second, but it might say that in order to have an adequate supply you need to go down 138 feet that is a signal that you ask and you count and when you when you hit the number like the one I did the other day I know that the water came in at 45 the thickness I counted net 63 is when it crossed asked with reserve depth and how much below 83 feet and 9100 110 121 3135 3637 38 and when it comes to your positive answer begins to pull down and no matter how much you try to hold it wants to pull herder asking specific yes or no questions and getting response hints at some kind of psychic conversation with the earth. It's the kind of response some get from a Ouija board. answers coming maybe not from the board itself but from metaphysical energy between the players and the answers. They earnestly seek. Dowsing with a stick. A yes response pulls the stick down sometimes forcefully. With metal rods. A yes response pulls the rods together. There are many theories out there that many dowsers use that song get really weird. I just think it's the energy from my thoughts connected with the feeling I have towards nature. I'd like to go to a spot spend 10 or 15 minutes just feeling close to the land. Before I begin to doubt to see more about Bill is tools of the trade and a long list of testimonials. Check out gets good water.com That's gets with a Z. For more on the wild Saturdays speakers series at Woodchuck Lodge go to JB Woodchuck lodge.org Cats cast is a production of silver Harlow audio. Please be sure to subscribe wherever podcasts are found for free and automatic delivery every two weeks. 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