Dowsers find a lot of things, but are most recognized as “the guys who use rods to find water”, or water dowsers. While dowsers can save you a LOT of money in finding the most advantageous place to drill, in a bigger picture, they can help make a life or death difference for places where water is scarce.
The Water for Humanity (WFH) Fund was established in 1991 within the American Society of Dowsers to provide funding for “water resources development, purification, protection and conservation worldwide in areas of critical need.”
Their goal was to increase water resources (quality, quantity and accessibility), as well as to demonstrate the practical and humanitarian applications of dowsing.
Water For Humanity helps communities world-wide, but closer to home they assisted a community in Arizona: The Hopi Well Project. Ed Stillman, Master Dowser who for many years led the Foundation Dowsing Class at the West Coast Dowsers Conference, is the Committee Chairman for the project, and Judith Jubb, a longtime conference presenter is a key player in the project as well.
Here’s an update on the project from project member and dowser Judith Jubb:
2013 was a very active year for the Hopi Well Project. Our fundraising campaign in 2012 brought the funding necessary to complete Phase I at the project site in 2013. The itemized Cost Estimate Report compiled by our WHP Committee Chairman Ed Stillman for a depth of between 450 and 600 feet, was used as a goal. This site had been dowsed by Ed and others on several occasions since 2006. The complete Cost Estimate Report appears on our website at www.metempyrion.org. Hopi Well Project.
The early part of the year was taken up with Hopi community leaders and complying with Hopi Government requirements for licensing and permits. Also, Ed, Judith Jubb and Keith Lazaro compiled a PowerPoint Program which was presented to Hotevilla Village Council members and Hopi Tribal Water Resources Management Department as part of the Metempyrion Foundation educational program on ecology, new technologies, and sustainability.
In late 2012 Metempyrion received approval by the Hopi Cultural Preservation Agency. Ed proceeded to send out Requests for Bid Proposals to Arizona drillers and selected K.P. Drilling & Pump as they met all of the bid requirements, including total cost.
Due to equipment failure on another job and summer weather conditions in Northern Arizona, drilling at the HWP site was postponed until mid September 2013. Ed Stillman was on site and when water was not reached by the expected depth, he made the unilateral decision to cap the well and discontinue drilling at this site. This was due to reaching the drilling depth limit for the current funds available for drilling.
Beneath the Mancos Shale formation in this area, which the drillers encountered on our well site is a known large aquifer which could easily supply the water the Hopi People in the area so desperately need. In order to reach the water table in that sandstone layer, more funding would be required than what was originally budgeted for this project.
More labor, materials, equipment and an upgrade of the pump, all have to be taken into consideration. Most importantly, alternative technology is expensive as listed in Phase II Cost Estimate Report.
Metempyrion Board of Directors has elected to provide a 1000 gallon storage tank to the Water Clan property owners to share what they can haul in for their neighbors in the interim. Also, the money remaining in the Hopi Well Project Phase I account, will be allocated towards the repairs on the old existing windmill well in the village of Hotevilla.
A heartfelt thank you to ASD-WFH and dowsers everywhere who generously contributed to Hopi Well Project Phase I. All monies specified for drilling have been used for that purpose. In order to continue drilling operations, more funding is needed.
Time is required to raise more funding through grants and gifts for this very important project. Our 2014 fundraising campaign is already in motion to accomplish this objective. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 928.634.7619. Judith Jubb.