Think Water’s foundation principle is that water is our most precious resource and must be treated with efficient management practices. Established in 2007 from a collection of independent businesses, the Think Water group now spans 51 stores across both Australia and New Zealand, specialising in irrigation, pumping, and filtration system design.
“We are heavily involved in our local mine and quarrying industries, and a large part of that is providing the best hosing equipment, which we source through Advanced Industrial Products (AIP),” says Andrew Carrier – Managing Director at Think Water Peats Ridge. “We have been working alongside them for around 25 years, and our own customers have come to trust the excellent quality product for a broad range of applications.”
As part of Motion Australia’s businesses, AIP operates out of its head office in Darra, Queensland, with strategically located branches in Brisbane, Mackay, Wetherill Park, and Sunshine West down in Victoria.
One of the key products that Think Water sources through AIP is the Powaflex Pumpman rubber layflat hose. It is available either as a simple discharge hose, or pump assembly complete with Bauer couplings and Band-It preformed clamps. Designed to meet Australian industry standards, it demonstrates high performance with extreme reliability.
“Increased levels of rain on the east coast have meant that a lot of underground quarry sites are experiencing flooding, which restricts access and slows down operations,” Andrew explains. “The Pumpman hose offers a very resilient and flexible solution for the efficient dewatering of these areas. Additionally, the high abrasion and temperature resistance defends the product from wear and tear, so the user gets a much longer wear life.”
Capable of transporting both water and slurry in tough operating conditions, the Pumpman rubber layflat is also suitable for washdown and irrigation purposes, with a pressure rating of 150psi (10 bar).
“We have never had any complaints from our customers using the hose, and no news is good news with these sorts of products,” Andrew furthers. “Just the fact that businesses continue to re-order the same units indicates that they are performing really well.”
Stephen Marley, Area Manager at AIP, says that it isn’t unusual for rainwater or seeped groundwater to collect in quarries, so sites need a dependable solution that can handle the transport of large amounts back above ground and away from the area. He adds that a long-standing relationship with Think Water allows for the best possible solution to reach end-users in Australia’s north-eastern quarrying region.
“We take a lot of pride in building close relationships with customers like Think Water, because at the end of the day, this extends beyond a purchase-supply situation,” says Stephen. “We offer technical support and create a sense of reliability that we will deliver on short turnaround times, with a diverse catalogue for almost any application.”
Andrew echoes this sentiment, reflecting on the continual benefits of working together to help customers get premium results with consistency.
“The communication has always been very positive. They are a fantastic company to deal with, and the service that we get is terrific. Our close relationship is a testament to what can be achieved when industry knowledge and customer service come together.”
An extended selection of Powaflex and compatible products are available through AIP’s national supply network, including rubber lay flat hoses, Powaflo valves and Powafit fittings.