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Water Finder Technology

With more precision in less time

A technology proven over 30 yrs of ongoing research & 10+ yrs of successful projects

The individual scientific principles behind our partner, CTAC's Water Finder Technology (WFT), are backed by more than 150 years of ongoing research. WFT has come out of academic research on the synthesis of several scientific principles that has been ongoing for 40 years. Over the last 10 years more than 400 research and commercial projects have been successfully completed.


The technology also has independent endorsement from the National Hydrocarbons Commission of Mexico, and the National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia, and the United Nations Economic and Social Council for economic and environmental best practice in exploration.  And, CTAC, is currently working with the US Geological Survey, who are testing the use of the technology with a view to recommending it as best practice in resource exploration.

precise technology that significantly increases discovery success rates in less time & with less cost

The current model for water exploration starts with geology, to find indicators for the possible presence of water. This is followed by boring for water. They are increasingly deeper undercover, so, this geology based approach takes a long time – up to 18 months.  This approach is expensive - costing up to tens of thousands of dollars per square kilometre explored.  Finally, drilling success rates can be low – producing up to 50% dry bore holes.  Water Finder Technology turns this existing paradigm around.


WFT first completes electromagnetic surveys of large areas, locating areas where there is underground water. In this first step, WFT can locate water beyond three kilometres deep, determine flows, water quality and temperature, and build a precision 3D model of your water reservoir and geology. WFT can do this within 17 weeks and, for areas sized above 100 square kilometres, for costs below 20% of traditional geological methods. The second step moves directly to drilling highly targeted bore holes, at optimum tapping points, where water presence is certain, and has a historic 100% success rate for producing water.


Water Finder Technology provides a shorter and lower cost exploration sequence that is one step from remote and field data collection to a highly targeted drilling program.

Green Pastures

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Water Utility in UK

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Barley Fields

No environmental disturbance & no  permits required

Most alternate electromagnetic and seismic technologies (the ones that actually explore below the surface) are active, sending signals into the earth’s crust, lakes, or oceans. Water Finder Technology is a passive technology because it is measuring changes in the earth’s electromagnetic field (at the earth-atmosphere boundary).

In each phase of WFT it is measuring the static field, or artificially varying the magnitude of the electromagnetic field of the earth, at the resonant frequencies of the materials of interest, at a given point. The polarised layers in the atmosphere, that exist in response to the subsoil reservoirs, respond to that, and the WFT equipment measures the characteristics of static field and response fields.

When we talk with clients, we generally discuss depths up to 3 kilometres for water bearing rock because depths beyond 2 kilometres can present significant technical and economic challenges that make water extraction unfeasible.

Oil and Gas Finder Technology, the oil and gas cousin of WFT, that uses the same technology, has explored to depths of 9.8 kilometres.

The Pinnacles Desert

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