Water & Wastewater Asia Sep/Oct 2018

Demand for dewatering technology is growing in Asia as global warming impacts climate change in the region. David Flinton, Xylem’s senior vice president & president of the company’s dewatering business, shares how Xylem is able to help and the importance of dewatering. Water & Wastewater Asia • September / October 2018 14 | XYLEM SPECIAL DEWATERING T he huge rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand was one of the news stories this year, capturing global attention — with many countries across the globe providing help. Among those involved in the complicated rescue operation is Xylem. Two engineers from Xylem Thailand and Singapore were sent to the cave initially for an assessment and to make recommendations in improving the pumping powers. They were soon joined by engineering colleagues from the U.K. and the U.S.. In fact, at the time of this interview, David Flinton, senior vice president & president of Xylem’s dewatering business was receiving minutue- by-minute updates and arranging flights to have their equipment sent to Thailand from Europe and U.S.. “What they really need are smaller slimmer design products. I read that they have to take off their scuba tanks to get through some of those passages. Andwe’ve a line-up of slim line dewatering parts that’s about the size of a scuba tank that they can take into the cave,” said Flinton. The success of the rescuemission brought great relief to the world and joy to the team who were pleased to lend their expertise to support this important international operation. IMPORTANCE OF DEWATERING With the world turning to sustainability, dewatering has never been more important, especially in Southeast Asia. “In Asia, the amount of rainfall and flooding events are going to increase by about 20 per cent over the next 30 years. Unfortunately, it’s kind of the new normal — these weather events are becoming more frequent and they are getting more challenging,” said Flinton. Southeast Asia is the wettest region in the Asia Pacific — getting an average of about 1000mm rainfall annually. With the increasing amount of rainfall, the region is prone to flooding, hence, placing millions of lives at risk. “And so, that’s why Xylem is really focusing on helping the customers and communities in the region to put in place more resilient technologies to support or mitigate the impact of severe weather,” said Flinton. “We are investing significantly in developing technologies that are David Flinton, Senior Vice President & President of Xylem’s dewatering business