Sutton and East Surrey Water engineer aims to conquer peak demand

July 9, 2007
Sutton and East Surrey Water development engineer Jeremy Heath is aiming to raise money for the WaterAid charity by successfully conquering a daunting peak demand -- the Six Peaks Challenge. This mountainous challenge has nothing to do with water supply in the Sutton and East Surrey area but everything to do with resolving drinking water problems in some of the most under-privileged areas of the world. Sponsorship money raised by Jeremy Heath's six-person team taking...

SURREY, UK, June 25, 2007 -- Sutton and East Surrey Water development engineer Jeremy Heath is aiming to raise money for the WaterAid charity by successfully conquering a daunting peak demand -- the Six Peaks Challenge.

This mountainous challenge has nothing to do with water supply in the Sutton and East Surrey area but everything to do with resolving drinking water problems in some of the most under-privileged areas of the world.

Sponsorship money raised by Jeremy Heath's six-person team taking part in the famous Six Peaks Challenge over July 6-9 will help provide valuable water supplies through projects funded by WaterAid.

The six peaks to be climbed within 72 hours include Ben Nevis and Snowdon. The Challenge, which starts on the Isle of Man, will take the team across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, during which they will climb over 20,000 ft and walk over 30 miles.

"We have recently been working on development initiatives with Sensus Metering using their Scout remote meter-reading system. Having met through the Sensus Customer Network it was suggested that we team up as the 'Sensus Scouts' for the Six Peaks Challenge," explained Jeremy Heath.

Along with Jeremy Heath from Sutton and East Surrey Water, completing the Sensus Scout team are Annie Dougall from Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water, Simon Bennett and Frank Van Der Kleij from Bristol Water, and Tim Riley, Christophe Bozon, with Jon Parr and Tom Mills (as team drivers) from Sensus Metering Systems.

"As first-timers in this event we won't be racing to win. Success for us will be in getting all six competitors up and down all six peaks safely," said Jeremy Heath, 41, who lives in Caterham Valley, Surrey.

Some of the peaks have already been visited and climbed as part of the team's planning and training for the Six Peaks Challenge.

Since Jeremy has worked with youth groups on mountain climbing, carried out solo night hikes and organised Brecon Beacons treks, he will be leading the Sensus Scouts in the hills. The team is fairly fit, two members have completed the London Marathon in less than four hours and Jeremy is an avid triathlete, but he is not underestimating the challenge.

"Quite apart from the physical challenge there are the logistics of ensuring that we catch the right ferry-links or we won't even reach the different sites of the peaks," he pointed out.

Anyone wishing to support WaterAid by sponsoring the Sensus Scouts team can do so by visiting: www.justgiving.com/jeremyheath

WaterAid is an international charity dedicated to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.

Sutton and East Surrey Water supplies water to more than 650,000 people in east Surrey, and parts of West Sussex, west Kent and south London. Our supply area is 322 square miles (834 sq km) extending from Morden and South Croydon in the north to Gatwick Airport in the south and from Cobham, Leatherhead and Dorking in the west to Edenbridge and Bough Beech in the east. Groundwater supplies provide 85 per cent of our water, with 15 per cent being extracted from one reservoir at Bough Beech.

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