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For some he was the
ingenious searcher for water in the desert, other looked at his
unconventional working method with a sense of charlantanry: the person
is Hans Schröter (born 1940). The engineer uses the dowsing rod for his search and combines
hydrogeological with traditional knowledge - with extraordinary success.
If the rod responds, the drilling will strike water in nine cases out of
Five years ago, his work for the GTZ came to an abrupt end."The sky was cloudless when a lightening struck me directly in the
head during dowsing in Namibia", remembers Schröter.He needed years to fully recover from this severe accident. "In
general, such accidents end fatally, thus there was no experience with
any rehabilitation therapy", he says. Under these circumstances,
the recognition of a disabled status has not taken very long.
Today, he has won back so much optimism that he works with his rod again
- jobs he does for friends and a circle of acquaintances, either as a
guest speaker or as a dowser in Germany or abroad. "The enthusiasm
is back," and his eyes twinkle, "but it should not be too easy
for me" - Sinai or India sound attractive to him.
His procedure is the same every time. To begin with, he evaluates the
hydrogeological and topographical maps and charts available. "Of
course I can only find water in places it actually exists. This I can
see exactly from the data. Otherwise I don´t start in the first place,
" he says almost apologetically.
If Hans Schröter travels, he has to adapt to the new country or
region, for example to its altitude. "It will take one or two days
until I adjust". Today he can dowse again for two or three hours a
day - and might pause for a day depending on his condition. His wife
Luise sees to that, as he has lost the sense for his physical limit.
Schröters experience is unique in the world. "Who", he
rhetorically asks, "has searched for water with a dowsing rod on
three continents and has had the opportunity to verify the forecast by
drilling afterwards? "The retired GTZ expert wants to combine traditional knowledge and modern
science. He wants people in various regions in the world to acquire
drinking water with the help of his rich experience.
from "GTZ-intern", Edition no. 86, Februrary 2001)