In November of 2017, NPR picked up an unusual story out of the United Kingdom. It seems that a scientist, Dr. Sally Le Page, learned about a water company technician using two bent tent pegs while working in front of her parents’ home. Incredulous, Le Page began an informal survey of a dozen regional water and sewer utilities, ten of whom confirmed that although they have modern equipment, they sometimes resort to using divining rods (or witching sticks) to help find underground structures and voids. South West Water, which services some two-million Brits, noted that although they do use the process for locating their water mains, it’s “not accurate 100% of the time,” while Anglian Water (“love every drop”), initially offered to take Dr. Le Page out to give her an on-camera demonstration and then backtracked, claiming that they were actually aiming to prove that witching doesn’t work.
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