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View recent newsWater expert helps deliver life-saving supply

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17 September 2012

Cambridge Water employee Brian Hines is to hand over more than £750 to WaterAid after completing his first ever Great North Run on Sunday.

Brian, who lives in Landbeach, knows more than a thing or two about treating water as a precious resource.

The 63-year-old is part of a dedicated team responsible for detecting leaks and bursts along Cambridge Water’s supply network. Earlier in the year, he and his team were credited after the company reported its lowest ever leakage figures.

Brian said: “Everybody should have access to clean water – it is a basic need.

“At Cambridge Water we do an amazing job to ensure we supply our 319,000 customers with a clean and safe water supply, each and every day, and we do our utmost to make sure as little as possible is lost through leaks.

“Yet in other countries this is a luxury people can only dream of. One in ten of the world’s population do not have access to water and one in three lack sanitation.

“Anything I can do to help this situation and raise awareness has to be a good thing.”

Brian started training for the run in January, seeing it as a personal challenge to complete the 13 mile circuit.  

He added: “It was a fantastic experience. The best thing about it was the crowds. To hear people calling out your name and cheering you on when you ran past was amazing.

“I am also delighted to have raised so much for WaterAid. It is a really great charity and since its launch in 1981 has helped reach nearly 16 million people with safe water and 11 million with sanitation.

“I am also really grateful to Cambridge Water which has agreed to match fund me up to £250 as part of its donations and grants scheme.”

Brian is still raising money for the charity. Donations can be made to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BRIANHINES

Pic caption: Brian Hines visits the WaterAid stand at the Great North Run on Sunday.

 

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