’You’ve got to have a lot of electricity in your body’
JOSEPH Carello says he has never failed to find water hidden beneath the soil in his decade of divining.
Pacing the ground, the 87-year-old Eton resident grips an 8mm thick piece of steel wire and watches for it to swing - a telling sign of precious H2O.
"It's all to do with theory and all to do with the nature of the land," Mr Carello said.
"I can tell you how big the stream is and where it's going."
But he said the talent required a particular physical attribution.
"If you want to be a water diviner, you've got to have a lot of electricity in your body," Mr Carello said.
"Some diviners get the idea that where there's a creek, there's water but I said, 'No, that's only a waterway, that's what the rain does'.
"When it rains a lot, the water has got to go somewhere and it doesn't all rain out to sea.
"It deposits in the flats but there's always water at the bottom of the hill for some reason."
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Mr Carello said he had been called on to find water where other diviners couldn't, including out to Glenden.
Nowhere in Mackay had water shallower than about 9m except for Slade Point, he said.
"They don't even use a driller there, they use a sand pump."
And having also been a bricklayer, tiler, renderer, stonemason and concreter in his past, Mr Carello gave advice for anyone looking to hone a skill.
"If you can't perfect it, don't do it - you'll get a bad name quick."
You can phone Joseph Carello on 0407 638 667.
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