Guidelines for the drilling of underground water


Man cannot survive without water being available. Climate change and severe droughts made us realize how important it is to carefully plan the usage and control of this life given commodity.

Using underground water can be part of the solution but in identifying the actual location is difficult and can be very expensive and often not successful.

Scientists believe that the amount of underground water is 100 times the amount of water in all the lakes, dams and rivers of the planet.

Water flows in or into underground structures, ie. rivers, lakes or storage areas.(dolomites, aquifers etc.). These “structures” can be water bearing or not. The depth of these structures differ and can  be found in layers, on top of each other. Some being water bearing and others not.

All underground water is not always suitable for human or animal consumption as it can be polluted with huge amounts of salt, iron, lime, sulphur and other toxic chemicals.

I am gifted and have the ability to be able to identify these underground water bearing structures . I can also differentiate between suitable and unsuitable water. Being highly successful with years of experience I have helped many as far afield as Tanzania, Botswana, Lesotho  and all over South Africa.

Drilling for water is a stressful and expensive exercise and I strongly recommend the following :

  1. Make use of reputable Drillers. (Research and ask for references. Calculate and negotiate costs carefully).
  2. Ensure that the driller has enough drilling rods to drill deep. 200m or deeper as fresh water is often deep.
  3. Holes have to be drilled according to the Department of Water Affairs specifications.ie it cannot be out of alignment and must be vertical. The drilling rod can deviate for reasons and can only deviate in the first 30 meters. However once it goes out of alignment it keeps going in that trajectory .So if the rods run true in the first 30m they will continue to be vertical all the way.. It can deviate as much as  14m in 100m and thus miss the water bearing structure completely.
  4. Stay in contact with the water diviner (myself). Too many opinions causes doubt, anxiety and incorrect advice. Drilling then stopped too early, with a waste of money!
  5. With a deep and sympathetic understanding of drought distress and years of practicing water divining successfully it is always a pleasure to be of assistance where I can.

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