Significance Of Dewatering Can’t Be Overlooked

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2011, Vol. 66 No. 2

Specialists
When a dewatering system is required, a specialist often is called. Some major pump companies -- including Rain For Rent, Godwin and Thompson Pump -- not only sell and rent pumps, but offer turnkey dewatering services. Some project owners or the engineering firms design dewatering systems for the projects, others involve the dewatering subcontractor in design and providing equipment and operation.

“The greatest benefit of a specialty dewatering contractor is the availability of a variety of solutions and knowledge of local soil conditions,” said Godwin’s Askin. “There is always some risk when working in wet conditions. It’s a great comfort to the prime contractor if his pump supplier has done similar projects in the area.”

Suppliers/experts
Godwin provides a variety of pumps and services including dry prime models, well point pumps, submersible dewatering pumps, and piping systems, including well points; HDPE pipe fusion; job set up and breakdown, pump watch, and system maintenance.

“All of our equipment and services are offered any time of day, any day of the week,” said Askin.

Thompson Pump operates 20 full-service, factory-owned locations across the United States, said Kirsten Petersen Stroud, Thompson Pump’s marketing manager. “Each location provides sales, rentals, repair, installation assistance and pump-related accessory needs. We are also aligned with a network of Thompson Pump factory-authorized distributors around the world.

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“A specialist has the experience and knowledge to assure the job is done correctly, saving time and money. A specialist can offer full-service capabilities including engineering systems, dewatering design, installation, equipment, and monitoring 24 hours a-day, 7 days a week.”

She added that all Thompson branches and service centers are equipped with full inventories of pumps for sale or rent, repair parts and a full assortment of pipes and accessories. Each Thompson Pump location has the ability to complete the entire pump project, from planning and development, mobilization and installation, to system operation and maintenance. This turnkey ability provides full-service installation of complete packages.

In addition, Stroud said a full rental fleet with a variety of pumps is available at every Thompson Pump Service Center, and HDPE pipe fusion technicians are available for any project. Each factory-owned location is fully equipped with parts and equipment that can be immediately dispersed to any job site.