Xylem reports that it is tapping into a growing demand within the mining and construction industry for both onsite dewatering and rental services. The company, which was spun off from ITT Corporation in October 2011, has announced that it will be expanding its dewatering rental offer in Brazil during the next three years. This year, Xylem will strengthen its dedicated dewatering rental departments in Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, while the company will also launch new dewatering rental services at additional locations in 2013. Xylem’s dewatering and rental services will also be launched at a number of other locations in Brazil in 2014.Marcus Moraes, Xylem’s Manager for Dewatering & Rental Services in Brazil said: “Xylem’s new dedicated dewatering rental services in Brazil are designed to cater specifically to the needs of local customers. Each rental fleet will be organised so that it aligns with whatever specific services our local customers’ require. Xylem’s goal is to offer flexible dewatering rental services and to respond to customers’ needs as rapidly as possible. Our rental fleet now also includes the Godwin diesel surface pump which is ideal for bypassing sewer systems, drainage and large water transfer projects. The Godwin portfolio includes a full range of ‘silent’ models which is specifically designed for densely populated areas.” According to the company, there is a growing need within the market globally for expert providers of complete, turnkey dewatering solutions. While mining and construction industry businesses may have some of the technical expertise in-house that is required to manage and operate dewatering projects, more limited budgets due to challenging economic conditions, mean that they do not wish to make significant investments in equipment purchases that may just be required for a one-off project.Tomas Fernandez, Marketing Manager for Xylem’s Latin America rental & dewatering services, said, “We are noticing an increased demand within the construction industry for dewatering services to be supplied as a complete package including the pump and water treatment systems, engineering expertise and project management. The Xylem onsite dewatering service provides customers with turnkey solutions from a single source. This limits customers’ administration and management efforts and provides peace of mind as they are contracting dewatering experts to take care of the job. The beauty of the service means that customers don’t have to invest in auxiliary equipment purchases which are needed for just as long as the project requires. The capital expenditure required to purchase, maintain, service and store the equipment isn’t an issue when customers choose the onsite dewatering package. Our global sales and distribution presence means that wherever customers are located they have access to a wide range of well-maintained, world class systems and application engineering expertise.”Similarly, the pump rental market is expanding. Fernandez explained, “The pump rental option is becoming increasingly popular within the construction industry. Obviously rental is a well-established option for other types of equipment that require significant capital to purchase, however pump rental is relatively new in some markets. The rental option provides flexibility and extensive availability – customers can get access to the right product at short notice, delivered direct to the site. It also means there is no maintenance burden and the product is only costing the company while it is being used which releases capital that can be invested in other areas of the business.” Xylem’s full range of Godwin surface-mounted and Flygt submersible pumps are available to rent including the recently launched Ready pump and the expanded Flygt 2600 drainage range which now includes three sludge pumps and a two-part 2660 SH pump. With the addition in 2010 of the Godwin brand to its extensive portfolio and a rental bank of 16,000 products, Xylem now claims to offer the world’s leading range of surface-mounted and submersible pumps from one source.