WorldWide Drilling Resource®

22 JANUARY 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Through the Back Door! by Jim Kuebelbeck Testimonial “I would like to document our water locating experience with Jim and Carol Kuebelbeck (water dowsers from St. Joseph, Minnesota). After years of searching, my husband, Gary, and I found our ideal 25-acre parcel on which to build our dream home. Prior to our purchase, the future building site was on a farmer’s soybean field. Due to our recent extended winter, followed by a lot of early summer rain, our house was already framed and shingled by the time the well [drilling contractors] were able to get their rig out to drill a well. We weren’t worried though, because we had neighbors with good wells and we thought the well drilling company would be able to drill almost anywhere and encounter a good ground- water supply. We couldn’t have been more wrong. The [drill operators] hit granite at 44 feet and were unable to drill through it. They then recommended hiring Jim Kuebelbeck, a widely known, successful water dowser in central Minnesota. We contacted Jim, but he and his wife were leaving the next morning to travel out of state and were unable to assist us at the time. Due to the late building start, my husband and I were really concerned and didn’t want to wait, so we talked to some of the local neighbors in the area and learned about another gentleman who supposedly was able to sense underground water sources. He arrived the next day and, in only about five minutes, selected two sites where he indicated good water sources would be encountered. In the meantime, just to be on the safe side, we switched to a well drilling company that was capable of drilling granite. We talked to them and tried to look at this whole thing more “scientifically”. They brought out geological survey maps from the local area and were confident that a good groundwater source could be encountered, so we were ready to go. A drilling date was set, and both my husband and I arranged to be present on-site for the drilling. When the well [drilling crew] arrived, we watched them set everything up. We excitedly kept watch as they began drilling. After about an hour, some grinding noises started to come from the drilling rig. They encountered granite again and continued boring down to see if they could drill through it. After they got down to 50 feet, they checked to see if any water was encountered. (As a side note, they can’t just tell if a well will produce enough water until they install a well screen and test pump the well.) After installing the well screen and submersible pump, the well only produced a paltry one gallon of water a minute. This was nowhere near what we needed to supply our new home. . .” [continued next month] The statements and comments in this article are based on information and references believed to be true and factual. If you have any questions or comments, please forward them to me in care of WWDR . Jim Jim Kuebelbeck may be contacted via e-mail to WTR