International well driller to speak here


News Review Staff Writer

The Indian Wells Valley Cooperative Groundwater Group will host geohydrologist Pal Pauer during its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

Pauer has been involved in more than a dozen well-drilling projects on four different continents since the early 1960s. He works primarily in California, but has been involved in projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco, Hungary, Mexico and the Philippines.

Pauer emigrated from Hungary as a teenager in 1956 to evade Soviet occupation of his home country. He landed in Ojai, where he attended high school. In Ojai, he met his mentor and drilling partner Stephan Ernst Riess, a geohydrologist known for his theories on “new water.”

Riess’s theories and exploits are the basis for the Theory of Primary Water, which he applied in an effort to mitigate water scarcity on a global scale.

Pauer continues this vision today through his nonprofit organization, the Primary Water Institute. For more information about PWI, see www.primarywaterinstitute. org.

The IWV Cooperative Groundwater Group meeting follows the meeting of the IWV Groundwater Authority at the water district office. For more information, visit

Story First Published: 2017-02-10