Eau? ...NO! Part Three

History repeats itself.

CLIMATE CHANGE SEASONS

Joan

2/27/20234 min read

Today, as I write, I think back to February, twenty one years ago, when we were settling into our new home. Just as I am doing today, I was anxiously checking the weather forecast. And just like today I saw days and days of sun lying ahead, with not a single drop of rain forecast. "Don't worry," we were told. The spring rains will come and the source will flow. But of course that year no spring rains fell, and we had to resort to pumping up water from the maison forestiere. Locals told us to expect the hot dry summer to break towards the end of August. But that year was different. As autumn progressed, still little or no rain had fallen.

What could we do?

"There's nothing else we can do , B. said. We'll have to sink a bore hole . Growing up in Africa, this concept was not new to him , so we set about involving a company that would help us achieve our aim.

Full sun ahead
Full sun ahead

Enter the water diviner.

With the help and advice of our forester neighbour we recruited M. Bayron , water diviner, to choose the best spot to drill for water. He duly arrived in early October, bearing two metal divining rods. Taking a cursory stroll over our property with his rods held horizontally before him, he soon pointed out where we should drill. "But wait a minute," we said , "our property is quite extensive. How can you be so sure that this is the best spot?" M. Bayron reluctantly extended his search, but soon returned to the same spot, saying firmly that we would find water there at a depth of eighty metres.

Water divining rods.
Water divining rods.

Really?...

The question of water divining remains a contentious one. But we were in no position to question the local modus operandi. Moreover my father in law had been known to locate water sources in Africa in the same way. And so we set about obtaining an estimate for drilling a forage(or bore hole) at this spot. We considered the cost for finding water at eighty metres , and fitting a suitable size pump , and decided that it would be well worth it. There would be no more anxiety over our water supply. And so in early November two men duly arrived with their drilling equipment. Perhaps it was no coincidence that the spot that the diviner had chosen for drilling was accessible to their vehicles.

The drilling machinery arrives on site
The drilling machinery arrives on site