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.


Futures 2019: The Role of Clean Growth, Innovation and Sustainability

Published On 06/06/2019

Utility Week Live - Asset optimisation key to fighting future challenges

Published On 22/05/2019

New Civil Engineer TechFest Awards

Published On 21/05/2019

Antimicrobial Resistance UKWIR Project released for Expressions of Interest

Published On 08/05/2019

UKWIR have appointed a new Chairman of the Board

Published On 11/04/2019

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Latest Publications


Drinking Water

Published: 05/06/2019

Significance of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Resistant Genes in Drinking Water

Significance of antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistant genes in drinking water

There is inc...

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Climate Change

Published: 08/05/2019

Workbook for Estimating Operational GHG Emissions – Version 13

UKWIR has developed a standardised workbook for estimating operational GHG emissions, the Carbon Accounting Workboo...

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Customer Issues

Published: 05/05/2019

Using Smart Meters to Deliver Savings for Consumers

Improving water efficiency is increasingly seen as an essential policy objective in the UK and Ireland, and governme...

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Published: 23/04/2019

Modelling solid transport and deposition in urban sewerage systems

The overall aim was to model solid transport and deposition of sediment in urban sewerage systems as a means to investigate the possible impact of ...

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Urban Pollution Management

Published: 21/04/2019

UKWIR’s Source Apportionment GIS Model (SAGIS): Version 3.0

The SAGIS modelling system has become an integral part of the United Kingdom’s surface water quality planning p...

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