When people in ancient times wanted to find water, they often resorted to something called “water witching” or “dowsing.” It was more performance than science, relying on a man with a forked stick wandering around the countryside. The results were, unsurprisingly, extremely ineffective. Large holes were dug at the dowser’s request (and the landowners expense) yielding no results. The process was not only unscientific, it consumed time and resources without producing a solution.
Many people would like to think that our modern water locators have newer technology to find water more effectively, but many still use technology that requires test digs because this technology only detects water, not its viability or depth under the ground. Large holes must be dug to see if the source is sufficient and, most times, it isn’t. Just like dowsing, some modern technology costs time and resources without yielding results.
Only a select few companies rely on technology that accurately detects water sources and gives accurate readings of the supply. This technology uses seismo-electric survey instruments that measure electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks. Since electrical signals change when space or moving water is nearby, trained water surveyors can actually use this information to detect water hidden deep underground. What’s more, the water source’s yeild and depth can be accurately determined as well, giving more precise readings of the source’s viability.
Unlike other technology, such as those that rely on nuclear magnetic resonance, seismo-electric technology uses portable and rugged instruments designed to be carried and used almost anywhere. This makes seismo-electric technology perfect for water surveying in rural areas.
American Water Surveyors exclusively uses seismo-electric technology for two main reasons: it’s more cost-effective and more efficient. Since we can determine the depth and yield of the water source from the outset, your well drillers will know exactly where and how far down to dig. Digging is the most time-consuming and costly expense in water surveying, requiring specialized equipment and hours of manual labor. By reducing the amount of digging, you are able to get your well at a much less cost and without having to tear up your property in search of water. Our water locators discover water sources in almost any environment and help you determine if a water source can be tapped on your property. This all saves time as well, meaning you have a viable water source sooner while saving money, and evading stress.
Water detection technology has evolved a long way from men wandering around with forked sticks, but many companies still use methods that are almost as ineffective. At American Water Surveyors, we use only the most effective seismo-electric survey technology to quickly and effectively find underground water on your property. If you’re in need of a water source, our technology is the one method that will save you time and money. Contact us today.