The Collaborative Research platform
for the UK and Ireland Water Sector



Addressing the Big Questions facing the water industry

Creating real outcomes through new knowledge and learning







Leading the WATER Research Agenda

UKWIR has been positively shaping the UK water industry's future for over 25 years.
We facilitate, manage & deliver a strategic programme of research projects for our members, the Water Companies of the UK and Ireland, to address the key challenges they face.  We do this by providing leadership in shaping the future water research agenda.-

Big questions

The focus of our research is captured in our Big Questions.  These questions cover many Research Themes and activities of work and represent the key challenges they face, now and in the future.

UKWIR Big Question VIDEO

You can directly access five of our Big Questions below, with a sixth link to all twelve.


Quantifying, managing and communicating the differences in storm overflow spill data between EDM outputs and hydraulic model predictions

Published On 14/11/2023

UKWIR embarks on new project cycle

Published On 13/11/2023

Prioritisation of circular economy research opportunities for the UK and Irish water sector

Published On 09/11/2023

UKWIR Signs UK Water Partnership’s Concrete Commitment to Improve Collaboration in the Sector

Published On 30/10/2023

Reducing risks to water through improved slug pellet formation

Published On 08/06/2023

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Latest Publications (for non-members)

Members have free access to reports by logging into the website and using the Publications Menu.



Published: 07/03/2023 14:14:58

Understanding the scale and impact of privately owned drains and sewers on sewer capacity

It is important to invest in reducing storm overflow usage to create a sustainable water environm...

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Water Mains & Services & Leakage

Published: 15/11/2023 11:06:32


UK Water Companies are required to meet performance targets for Inter...

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Programme Management

Published: 30/10/2023 09:56:08

Enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK & Irish water industries

UKWIR members recognised a lack of diversity within the UK & Iris...

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Published: 13/10/2023 17:48:38

Review of 2022 Drought Demand Management Measures - Summary Report

This study was to quantify the change in water use due to the impleme...

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