Think Water Marlborough

Brief History

Waterworks (Marlborough) Ltd was established in 1996 at the start of the grape planting boom and has undertaken many irrigation projects in the province. Owner Pete James joined the Think Water group in December 2013 and has added a retail strand to the existing business.

The Think Water Marlborough team has considerable knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the water industry, and pride themselves on understanding that one size doesn’t fit all. They are dedicated to helping you find the solution to all your irrigation and water system queries and problems whether they are domestic or rural, design or maintenance.

Think Water has access to the best products in the market at competitive prices, and can draw on a wealth of industry expertise due to the fact that Think Water branches are independent business, but are part of an international network of Think Water stores. Think Water Marlborough are your local water experts and can provide complete solutions and products for a range of uses for everyone from the general public through to tradespeople working in landscaping, horticulture and viticulture.

Offering everything from irrigation, water treatment, swimming & spa pool chemicals and garden irrigation equipment, Think Water Marlborough are well positioned to bring the best water management services to Marlborough.

Areas of specialisation/services

During the preliminary stages and right through to completion of any water project, we can assist you by providing innovative ideas and the right advice on water management equipment and its application.

Domestic Irrigation

We can design, supply, install and service any type of irrigation system from a simple, manually operated system to a fully automatic system. The team work to your budget and will offer their experience and expertise in your choice of the most appropriate irrigation for your garden whether it be dripline, micro jets, and bubblers, MP rotating nozzles on risers or gear-drive pop-up sprinklers.

Commercial Irrigation

Provision of turn-key solutions for any type of irrigation project commencing at any stage from design (using Irricad), consultation, installation, service or maintenance.

  • Supply of products from pumps to pipes, telemetry and monitoring equipment and chemical dosing, all from the world’s leading manufacturers
  • Project management and construction with landscape architects, lead contractors and key trades such as plumbers drain layers and electricians when required
  • Electrofusion and butt welding services
  • Maintenance services for all installed equipment, including commercial building pump stations and agricultural pumping, irrigation and drip systems for viticulture, horticulture and commercial landscape and turf.


We can supply and install pumps for your specific need, domestic or commercial. We deal in proven brands Grundfos, Davey, Dab and we also supply other brands. We have a team ready now to service your domestic or commercial pump system. Think Water Marlborough can service all makes and models (e.g.) Grundfos, Davey, Lowara, Dab, Onga, Davies, Pedrollo, Lowara etc.

Water Treatment

Whether you are on mains water, bore water, roof water or have a commercial site we can advise and provide information on rain harvesting, water analysis and water treatment: softening, purifying & filtering. Think Water Marlborough is the Davey Water Products Master Dealer for the Marlborough province.

Spa and Pool Supplies

Bring in your water for free water testing and analysis today and our team can recommend the solutions and supply the chemicals to keep your pool or spa in optimum condition so you can see and feel the results. Pool Pump and filter servicing - Call us now!  

Parts, Pipe and Fittings

We stock a range of PVC, brass, medium density, LDPE, lateral and dripline pipe and fittings and are stockists for major suppliers such as RX Plastics, Apex Valves, Arkal, Amiad, Bermad, Hansen, Iplex, Netafim and Water Supply Products.

Water Tanks & Environmental Septic Tank Systems

Whether you are storing, transporting or distributing water or wastewater, we have a wide range of tanks available including stock troughs. We can also supply tank kits and accessories.


We can advise and assist on a wide range of irrigation controllers and systems, including the renowned Talgil brand, Netafim controllers and accessories and domestic and turf controllers such as the wide range of Hunter equipment.

Water Blasters

Karcher is a market leader of water blasters which range from small domestic purpose through to large industrial – hot or cold, electric or petrol. We can assist you with selection of the right Water Blaster for the right application: furniture, car, boat, walls, fences, deck, patio, driveway, house, machinery and large plant. We also stock a complete range of accessories and cleaning products.

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Staff Profiles

Pete James – Designer

Pete established WaterWorks (Marlborough) Ltd in 1996, after working for other companies as an irrigation designer in an Agricultural Engineering career that started in 1979. WaterWorks (Marlborough) Ltd became the Think Water franchise outlet in Marlborough in 2013.
Pete has irrigation design experience on projects throughout New Zealand and has specialised in the design of horticultural irrigation system with many successful projects in Grapes, Pip fruit, Stone fruit, Kiwifruit, Avocados, Tamarillos, Feijoas, and other sub-tropicals. He also has done work in glasshouses, propagation houses and nurseries. Frost protection systems of all types are also in his repertoire. Turf and Landscape irrigation design can also be undertaken by Pete.
Pete now uses Irricad software, but was initially trained to carry out irrigation design in the pre computer era by Israeli engineers who pioneered the use of drip and micro sprinkler irrigation. Pete has taught irrigation and water system design at Massey University, and holds a Certificate of Agricultural Engineering (Distinction) from the same university.


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