Locate Water Vein by Electrical Sympathy
That it is possible for a man who understands his job to walk around on the surface of the ground, bolding before him a small instrument of his own contrivance and tell just when he walks over a vein of water, is seemingly demonstrated by the fact that the Burlington railroad recently tapped a flow of artesian water in a well sunk just east of its new roundhouse in Lincoln, Neb. It was a 3-inch test well that had been sent down 138 feet and it brought to the surface a stream of pure, soft artesian water that spouted three feet above the opening. In traversing the 138 feet the drill passed through three veins of salt water, one of them about six feet thick at the depth of 25 feet, another of a foot or two in thickness at a depth of 65 feet and still another smaller one at a depth of 95 feet. It is the purpose of the company to sink a well here to supply the needs of the Burlington system at this point. In order to keep the water pure it may be necessary to put down three sets of pipes, two inside of one and one in side of two, the outer pipes to keep the flow of salt water away from the pure water below.
This vein of water was located by C. K. Kittinger of Lincoln who makes a business of locating available water supplies. He is the inventor of a device through the operations of which he says he is advised, while walking over the ground, of the presence of water just beneath him. It is through electrical sympathy that he is advised when he is crossing water, the shock being made perceptible to him by the instrument. He says that everyone cannot operate the instrument, as it requires one peculiarly constituted physically or temperamentally to discern the readings of the instrument. Mr, Kittinger claims that he can discern the sensation as soon as he steps over the edge of a vein of water, and he can tell by its operation just how wide the vein is. He says that the vein into which the Burlington well was sunk is eight rods wide, and that there is another some three blocks east of it that is five rods wide and runs parallel with it. They tend southeastward some distance from the location of the well. He has not followed them any farther.
Mr. Kittinger is of the opinion that this is the vein from which the city’s supply of water should be obtained, and says that there is enough to meet the needs of a city many times as large as Lincoln, as this being in what lie terms the jugular vein of the Salt creek valley. He does not not think that the supply in the Antelope valley will ever prove adequate. While the excitement was running high over the volume and character of the water supply during the prevalence of typhoid fever Mr. Kettingcr offered to locate a supply for Lincoln free of charge, but his offer was not accepted. He makes a business of locating water, principally for railroad companies, and his work has taken him over a large portion of the northwest and most of western Canada. The contemplated development of the Burlington’s new well will undoubtedly be watched with interest by students of the water question, which has long been one of vital importance.