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.

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


Steve Kaye judging 2020 Water Industry Awards

Published On 15/11/2019

UKWIR Leakage Projects Completed by Servelec Technologies

Published On 01/10/2019

Answering the Big Questions

Published On 11/09/2019

Sink to River - River to Tap: Review of Potential Risks from Microplastics

Published On 09/09/2019

Best Practice For Trunk Main Flow Monitoring Areas - call for Expression of Interest on new project

Published On 30/08/2019

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Latest Publications



Published: 18/11/2019

Incidence and Causes of Repeat Bursts at Old Repairs

Analysis was undertaken at a national level to examine the proportion of mains bursts that are caused by failures of previous repairs, and how thes...

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Asset Management Plans

Published: 13/11/2019

Best Practice for Sediment Management for Reservoirs and River Impoundments

Sediment management is important to water companies for operational reasons, but also to balance ecological concerns and allow regulatory complianc...

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Published: 25/10/2019

Smart Metering and Smart Networks for Leakage Management

The purpose of this UKWIR project was to gather information to identify and review the use of smart metering and smart networks for leakage managem...

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Water Mains & Services & Leakage

Published: 21/10/2019

Measuring the Efficiency of Active Leakage Control

This project reviewed the appropriate measures of Active Leakage Control performance and how efficiency of Active Leakage Control activity can be m...

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Published: 15/10/2019

Basis for a Programme of Chemical Investigations to be Carried out by the Water Industry During the AMP7 Period

The UK Water Industry, under the coordination of UKWIR and in collaboration with UK regulatory agencies, initiated the Chemical Investigations Prog...

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