"We were really pleased with
the result of your divining, so accurate
as to where to find water before
water for a site for a house, and the
water our diviner (Mr Dougie Bates) found
was enough for around eight houses!
We thought the divining service was
excellent finding water deep underground
which is so pure and crystal clear and
really good to drink."
William E Emslie, Alford
"We considered a
borehole supply to offset the costs of labour
required on an almost daily basis in the summer,
attending to our failing water supply. Our
diviner conducted a map study, which he confirmed
with a ground survey.... very 'spooky' but it
worked. He predicted a point at which a
groundwater aquifer would produce 1000 galls a
day at 80ft, and a second point as a back-up,
guaranteed to supply all the water we needed for
fact the borehole proved water at 40ft, 80ft, and
120ft, with at least 1000 gall/day. The
water was of excellent quality, at 7ºC
temperature, and has been reliable for three
years so far.
the prediction was so accurate we are happy to
say the money has been well spent."
R. A. Hunt, Banchory
"We were personally
recommended Doug Bates by friends who had
successfully used his services. After
Doug had made a confident and detailed
survey of the area and confirmed two
sites of spring water wells on our land,
we had no doubts that we were in business
for a clean private water supply to our
Doug was able
to successfully predict the depth and
minimum water flow, and organise the
relevant drilling and pump installation
contractors to complete the entire
operation in a matter of weeks.
drilling, and installing a spring water
well is of course a considerable expense,
which is why you need to be able to trust
the decision of the water diviner to make
that dream into a reality.
of a pure spring water well are obvious
in view of the types of contamination
found in land drainage wells which we
used to use. We would therefore
recommend Doug's experience and services
to anyone who wishes to enjoy this luxury
Caren Cook, Maud.
"The results of
drilling on your recommendations have been
outstanding, with ample supplies of good quality
water established at all four of the sites you
divined for us. Your locations and depths were
all proven correct and 3 of the 4 boreholes gave
more water than you thought."
Hans Jorgensen, Factor, Strathconon Estate.
" When given the chance, Dave
goes into great detail telling friends
and family how sceptical he was when you
sat in the caravan working your pendulum
over the map, then went outside and paced
up and down among the rubble and nettles
on site.... He did have his moment!
of drilling were spot on; everything you
said almost to the foot in depth and the
volume of water we should expect.
We are happy with the well as it is pure
water with no chemical additives, and no
we had from the men who drilled the well
was fast, clean, and efficient.
All round, we
feel we had excellent value for
Ruth & Dave Prebble, Lonmay,
Stock Farm Supplies:
"Thankyou for all your help in divining a
water supply. The farm wanted additional water
supplies for a planned expansion of the
piggery. Estimated annual costs of supplies
from the Water Board were unacceptably high.
was attracted to hire you because you could offer
geological expertise in addition to the 'magic'
of divining. After map and field research, a map
was produced showing likely sources of water and
a forecast of the depths and amounts. The
most suitable drilling site was selected and
was located at the predicted depth, and the
amount found was greatly in excess of your
rightly cautious estimate, and several times more
than our requirements! Total costs of
divining, drilling and pump installation, were
less than the estimated costs of Water Board
supplies for one year.
We were delighted with your
successful prospecting and would like to say a
big "thank you" to you for a job
Bill Strachan, Inverurie
"I was more than delighted to get an
excellent supply of fresh water at the precise
location, depth and exact volume predicted by
Doug. In my opinion his divining skills are
As water is metered on my stock farm, I
would expect to make substantial savings annually
by using water from the borehole."
Ross M. Bichan, Forres.
We're not always successful the first time, but
when we err, we always make the effort to get a
successful result for our
JR & PJ Walker of Dunecht,
"We run a pig farm and were concerned at the
volume of water from our present supply, as we
considered expanding the herd. We therefore
decided to invest in a new borehole to guarantee
the supplies we needed. We heard of Geodivining
through the machinery ring, and after sending
Doug a map of the farm, made an appointment for
him to visit. The survey of the farm took a
few hours and we identified several potential
sites, selecting one as the potential supply was
so good. We received a full survey report
covering every detail we discussed, and were very
impressed with the service provided by Doug, it
being of a very high standard.
drillers were very competent and it was a
pleasure to have them on the farm. Unfortunately
the first hole proved only a small supply in
heavily veined rock, which was a problem we had
been warned about; however, with a minimum of
fuss, Doug returned to the farm and located
another supply, which proved to be an artesian
borehole of good quality with easy access to an
believe that in the long term a borehole is more
advantageous than the mains water supply. This
was demonstrated to
when we lived in the South of England, after the
water companies were privatised. We would have no
hesitation in recommending the services of
Geodivining International to anyone thinking of
installing a private water supply."
A typical 6-inch borehole being
drilled on a stock farm in Aberdeenshire.
The rotary percussion drilling rig uses a
12-bar compressor and a down-hole pneumatic
hammer designed for hard rock drilling.
Compressed air is channelled through the hollow
drill rods to the hammer and through grooves in
the drill bit, to eject spoil back to the surface
and keep the bore clear as it is being drilled.
Of course any water entering the borehole is also
ejected, and the flow can be tested. This is
called the drillers airlift method, and will
usually give a good indication of the sustainable
yield of a borehole.
This borehole was drilled to 30m depth in
Gabbro (a coarse crystalline igneous rock, with
just 3m of clay overburden) in which a narrow but
extensive fracture zone located by Geodivining,
produced a steady flow of water measured at 5040
Capital costs were recovered within 2 years, and
the farmer now saves about £ 2,000 per annum in
Artesian wells like the gusher at Burnside of
Boysack near Arbroath, pictured on the front of
this brochure, and this one on a dairy farm near
Carnwath, Lanarkshire, are quite rare in
Scotland. There are no strata-bound artesian
basins, and confined groundwater pressure tends
to occur only adjacent to elevated catchments in
small localities where thick and continuous dense
clay cover prevents natural springs from
rising. Pressure is low in most cases, and
artesian flow may be seasonal, but occasionally
medium to high-pressure wells can be sited where
strong fracture-bound flows are found under
confining clay in these localities.
Modern dairy farms use a lot of
water, commonly spending £2,000 to £10,000 per
annum on metered water charges.
A typical 30 to 60m borehole-development costs
£4,000 to £7,000 complete with single-phase
submersible pump and control system delivering up
to 12,000 l/hr.
It's obviously a good investment with quick
capital recovery and substantial savings on farm
overheads, year after year, amounting to tens of
thousands of pounds.
Geodivining makes such prospects all the more
attractive because with our high success rate, we
very rarely need to drill more than one borehole
to get all the water you need.
Industrial Water Supplies:
"My first instinct was "You
must be joking!" However, still
sceptical, I went out with Doug and I was
semi-convinced by his practical demonstration. He
then produced Geological Survey details that were
professionally done, and these increased my
confidence in his ability.
I instructed Doug that I wanted a specific
quantity of water to be available. He was
able to pinpoint water, at my required quantity,
at 180 feet. On drilling, this was
The money that I paid to Geodivining
International is undoubtedly one of the best
investments that I have ever made."
R.W. Donald B.Sc.
Managing Director, Sangs (Banff) Ltd.
|"We were delighted that you
could find us a supply of water right on the
site, as we had a serious problem with the
townsfolk complaining about the smell from our
plant. We needed water for an aerosol spray
system to reduce aromatic emissions from the seed
We didn't believe you
could be right about your depth asessment, being
on sandstone and so close to the sea we thought
we might get enough water at shallow depth. The
drillers worked all day and the borehole produced
were all beginning to fear the worst. then at 5
o'clock they suddenly hit a large supply of water
of about 6000 gallons per hour at 260ft, exactly
as you had predicted. The sceptics were all
instantly converted, I can tell you! We got
4 times the amount of water that we needed, and
of excellent quality. Thankyou for your
fascinating and commendable service."
Scott Arthur, Seed Crushers (Scotland) Ltd.
"Water supply charges for our
seafood processing works at Mintlaw
exceeded £100 000 in 1996. We
therefore felt it was well worth
exploring the possibility of securing a
private supply. We were greatly
impressed by your professional expertise
in both geology and water divining, and
your predictions were borne out by the
results of drilling.
We needed a large supply of at least
600m³/day at 30-40m³/hour.
The 60m borehole has been test pumped at
36m³/hour (8000 gall/hr) and has proved
a sustainable supply that delivers all
the water we require.
Jim Greig, (MD)
Abacus Frozen Foods, Mintlaw
predictions were right on the money and the pilot
borehole is a great success, producing 3 times
the average geotechnical expectations for the PG
aquifer; and the water is of excellent quality
too, just perfect!
We will require your services again in due
course, to locate a series of full scale
In the meantime I have referred your Geodivining
services to Phil Pache, my colleague at Cockenzie
Longannet Power Station, Fife
"Thanks for your very prompt service
fitting in with our hectic construction schedule.
Exactly as you forecast, the 30m borehole
produces 2500 l/hr
. Just right for our
Finnie, Peterhead F.C.
This borehole at Peterhead Football Stadium was
drilled into granite. Like so many of these
boreholes all over Scotland, a successful outcome
depended on the ability to accurately locate and
assess deep water-bearing fractures in the
otherwise barren impermeable bedrock.
"We have been very pleased with
Geodivining recommendations on the two sites we
have test-bored for irrigation wells. Your
assessments proved to be correct, unlike those of
the previous diviner. As we will be making a
substantial long term investment, it is essential
to have authoritative and logical advice."
M Bayne & Co. Gospetry, Milnathort,
Fife & Kinross.
|"We wanted to thank you
for your excellent work finding water for us.
you know, the Geological Survey told us not to
drill here, and we had already tried other
diviners, and drilled a dozen unsuccessful
Bill Coull recommended your services after you
did a successful borehole for him, and although
we were sceptical we decided to have one more
We were interested by your more scientific
approach, and your amazing confidence that, in
spite of these many failures, if there was water
to be found you could locate it for us.
The map-dowsing was fascinating, and your
patience and diligence in finding the very best
available source was exemplary. Your reckoning of
8000 gall/hr at 300ft was a bit off the mark, and
to be honest we were on the verge of giving up
again, when the drillers reached 300ft and we
only had 2000 gall/hr.
fact that you made the effort to come back on
site at short notice, and confidently re-evaluate
the borehole from the 300ft mark, persuaded us to
To your credit, further drilling increased
the yield rapidly, and the finished borehole at
360ft produced a good 12000 gall/hr.
It has a steady artesian flow of about a quarter
of that amount, which we run off directly into
the irrigation dam, keeping it full most of the
time. So far we haven't needed the pump.
already recommended Geodivining to quite a few
people, and will continue to do so.
John and Ken Trainer, Brownrigg, N Berwick, East
previous example and others like it, hold an
important lesson for diviners, drillers, and
clients; to have faith in these intuitive arts,
even in the most difficult conditions.
While measurements may be slightly misjudged, at
times, clear goal-oriented Geodivining seldom
fails to find the best drilling location, and
perseverance with the diviner's mark nearly
INVERKEILOR, and BURNSIDE OF BOYSACK FARM,
( A Case Study )
"After drilling 5 useless boreholes
at Inverkeilor, we called you in as a
last resort, to try and find us water for
irrigation. I didn't really believe
it would work especially since the place
you chose as the best of your eight
sources was only 20 yards away from a dry
explanation of the underground structures
was very interesting, and convinced us to
give it a try. Even so, I was
amazed when the drillers hit a supply of
80,000 litres per hour; 13,000 more than
you said, in a borehole the same depth as
the virtually dry one nearby!
Geodivining we now have plenty of water
for both farms at Inverkeilor; and your
artesian well at Burnside has been an
even more spectacular success."
McEwan, West Mains of Colliston,
Willie McEwan, a potato farmer in the Angus
region had got wind of the fact that there were
several high yielding boreholes in his area (
found mostly by divining ), and assumed that
large quantities of water must be available
everywhere in the Devonian sandstones of that
In reality, however, some 90% of the region's
groundwater through-flow is confined to faults
and fissures in the rock formations. Randomly
drilled boreholes are often dry, and seldom
produce more than 10,000 litres/hour.
This client has several farms in Angus, and
drilled 4 unsuccessful boreholes on one farm
before making a lucky strike that yielded 45,000
The drillers then moved on to Myreside Farm
and drilled 5 more deep boreholes, all to no
We had just started advertising in all the
Scottish and Northern English yellow pages that
year, having persuaded them to open a new
category for Water Diviners, and the Drilling
Contractor concerned had entered their ad in the
category as well.
As a last resort, they called on us to do a
Geodivining survey and see what we could come up
Doug used map-dowsing on a 1:10,000 scale farm
map faxed to us by the client, to delineate all
the major faults and fissures in the area, and
from this he identified 8 key intersection points
that would be highly productive. He
drove down the next day, and half a day's
fieldwork with the driller and client in
attendance, enabled him to confirm, mark, and
assess all 8 of these sites as sources capable of
yielding over 50,000 l/hr.
One of them in particular, was clearly better
than the rest, and was carefully marked for
Doug expected a yield of
67,000 l/hr from a 120m borehole to be drilled at
the best site, but Willie was still very
sceptical, as this site was less than 30 yards
away from a 105m borehole that yielded only 4,000
All scepticism was erased, however, when drilling
on Doug's mark to 105m yielded 80,000 l/hr.
Doug went on to survey Burnside of Boysack,
another of the McEwans' farms, and after one
drilling failure due to unexpectedly deep running
sand, he relocated the rig to another fault-bound source
where, after spot-divining the whole area, he
found the overburden to be at its thinnest, with
bedrock at about 15m depth, and an anticipated
yield of at least 65,000 l/hr from a well-defined
vertical fault zone only 1,5m in width.
The successful 100m borehole struck a high
pressure artesian supply in excess of 100,000
l/hr; the biggest
artesian well in Scotland. ( cover picture ).
Those Drilling Contractors (One of Scotland's
largest and best equipped firms) now refer all
their water well clients to Geodivining
International before they start drilling,
and to date we have a 96% success rate with them!
In the same way, we have forged strong working
relationships with the majority of water well
drillers in Scotland
Three Boreholes at the famous
Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Courses:
has so often been the case in Scotland, initial
drilling operations at Gleneagles were
unsuccessful and had to be abandoned because the
choice of location was based on incorrect
major investment in a new irrigation system for
the three 18-hole golf courses was planned, but
with thousands of pounds already spent and very
little to show for it, the project was in some
Drilling Contractor subsequently recommended a
Geodivining survey to help locate the
substantial volumes of groundwater that would be
needed to supply the system intended to irrigate
the fairways as well as the greens.
survey was urgently commissioned and completed
just a week before Christmas 1997, and the
drillers located to the new site in early January
'98. Part of the map-dowsing survey is
illustrated "What is GeoDivining"
successfully identified the best drilling site on
the 800-acre estate and secured 1.25 Million
litres a day with his first borehole, (see
photograph on back cover).
"A water diviner has ensured that
Gleneagles' championship golf courses are totally
self-sufficient in pure natural water
supplies. Doug Bates, a geologist and
geodiviner, was able to pinpoint no fewer than
five potential water sources to meet the need for
an additional 1.3 Million litres a day needed to
ensure the highest quality that golfers expect of
the King's and Queen's courses.
used his knowledge as a geologist and his skill
as a geodiviner to identify potential water
sources simply through an expert reading and
interpretation of a 1:2500 scale map of the
then proved his forecast on the ground almost to
the exact centimetre.
Kidd of Gleneagles Golf Developments and Scott
Fenwick (the head green-keeper) walked the
courses with Doug to inspect the five potential
sources, and selected one site behind the third
green on the Queens, which he guaranteed would
produce the minimum requirement of 40,000 litres
ten-inch (250mm) bore was drilled to 108m and is
producing 52,200 litres per hour, continuously.
second bore, near the first green at the Monarchs
will provide a further 20 to 25,000 litres an
water is being diverted to Loch-an-Eerie, near
the 13th on the Queens, which can sometimes dry
out in the summer months; and this natural supply
of pure fresh water will add significantly to the
sensitive ecological management of the
Magazine. Gleneagles Golf Developments,
PROOF POSITIVE ON T.V.
Further drilling at Gleneagles
in September 98, was done in a paddock beside the
renowned Mark Phillips Riding School and the
estate's nursery greenhouses, in connection with
a BBC television documentary about
We agreed that 2 boreholes
should be drilled close together to prove how
vital precision in Geodivining / groundwater
surveying really is.
|The best sources had
already been drilled, (above), but a fairly good
linear fracture zone was confirmed crossing this
convenient (and photogenic) meadow.
We filmed the whole process
from start to finish. The map-dowsing was filmed
live in Jimmy Kidd's office, and the divining on
site to confirm and mark the exact sites for
Doug placed one marker on
his source, forecasting a yield of 27,000 l/hr
from a 120m bore, and he marked a second site
just 12m away, where he expected a very low
yield. This allowed just enough space for two
drilling rigs to work safely, side by side.
Two boreholes were
drilled simultaneously, reaching a depth of 100m
in the allotted time. The first one yielded
20,000 l/hr, while the second, just 12m away,
yielded only a tiny trickle of 750
/ Natural Mineral Water Supplies:
"I am writing to express my grateful thanks
to Doug Bates for all of his hard work in
establishing my mineral water borehole project.
Through his extensive geological knowledge and
understanding and his water divining skills, he
was able to plan and implement detailed surveys
to establish where the most viable and productive
points for water extraction were, on my estate.
I found his survey predictions to be very
accurate, and his consistent support throughout
the project development has proved
M. Robertson, Dumfries.
John Robertson's no.1 mineral water production
borehole nearing completion in May 1998.
The site is well
protected, and was carefully chosen to secure a
high yielding supply of exceptionally high and
borehole was drilled to 120m and tested at over
180,000 l/hr, enough to capture a very large
market share. It is by far the
most productive mineral water development in
Scotland, and in fact ranks among the top 5
boreholes in the country in terms of both quality
protection and quality control are easily managed
with a high volume single source, and the capital
and maintenance costs are very low compared to
less productive extended well-fields that some
producers depend on.
For future decades,
the estate has the potential for additional
boreholes of equal quality, to increase
production to over 1,000,000 l/hr.
This source is thus
ideal for low-cost high-volume production of
premium quality drinking water and is
competitively placed for immediate success in the
UK, European, and world export markets.
In our first four years we have been instrumental
in the planning, development, and expansion of
nine new and existing Natural Mineral Water
producers in Scotland, becoming one of the
leading consultants to the soft drinks and
bottled water industries.
Natural mineral water
production is a growing industry in the UK,
especially in Scotland, with growth exceeding 10%
per annum. UK sales exceeded £ 400,000,000 in
1998, and the Scottish mineral water producers
have also established a strong export market.
Efficient marketing, sales,
and distribution are the keys to success in this
business, as in most others, but ultimately, that
success is dependent upon a reliable and
sustainable high-quality natural resource.
The expertise and experience
we have to offer is invaluable to new investors
in this sector, as well as established businesses
in the industry, for developing and maintaining
the highest possible quality and stability in
drinking water supplies.
Characteristically in this
field, we have taken on complete responsibility
for exploration, drilling, logging, testing, and
development of prospects, including preparations
of the detailed hydrogeological reports and
departmental communications that are necessary to
acquire recognised Natural Mineral Water status.
Public Water Supplies
from boreholes in most developed countries, have
been managed mainly by the respective National
Geological Surveys' hydrogeology departments,
using strictly conventional scientific protocol,
and with development budgets greatly exceeding
the sums normally available for private sector
Public sectors in developing
countries are not so liberally endowed, however,
and often depend on international aid to develop
safe new drinking water supplies. In these
circumstances every penny counts, and it is our
hope that our cost-effective Geodivining methods
will be brought into much wider use in years to