Xylem’s pumps and expertise support UAE after unprecedented rainwater flooding

Local authorities in Dubai were able to quickly manage unprecedented rainwater flooding in mid-January with support from Xylem. Seven advanced Godwin Dri-Prime Series water pumps were mobilised in several key areas in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. Xylem also deployed a dedicated team of Xylem technicians who worked around the clock for four consecutive days.

The Godwin Dri-Prime Series is a high-flow pump (up to 1,150 cubic meters per hour) that has multiple suction/discharge sizes (100-300mm). The pump is specifically designed to prevent flood water from reaching critical building systems and interior spaces. It is ideal for portable, stationary or permanent installations.

In the UAE flooding operation, the seven Godwin pumps had a total pumping capacity of over 6,000 cubic meters per hour. In total, over 200,000 cubic meters of water were pumped out. The Godwin Dri-Prime Series is the first portable flood abatement pump to earn the seal of approval from FM Global, the largest private insurer of commercial and industrial properties worldwide.

In addition to supporting Dubai Municipality, Xylem also supported Mazaya Centre Mall and Dubai Canal. Godwin pumps were also used by partners in several key locations across the city. The pumps were deployed in a residential district in Ras Al Khaimah, which includes about 300 villas and a school. Xylem’s team, with their knowledge and experience from international flood relief operations, was able to overcome a number of challenges during the operation.

“We are honoured to have supported the authorities in the UAE in mobilising this fast and efficient water dispersal operation,” said Nick Slater, Regional Rental and Services Director at Xylem. “The success of the operation depended on how quickly water could be drained from inhabited areas to ensure the safety of the people in these communities. We would like to extend our thanks to our dedicated and valued service team for their efforts and for working around the clock to support our customers and communities in this clean-up operation.”

Xylem has been supporting municipalities, governments and private entities around the world with flood support and alleviation for more than 40 years. The company has special expertise in emergency planning and response, including technology for remotely monitoring and controlling pumps and their performance. Xylem is committed to providing sustainable solutions to help solve the most challenging water-related problems.