This programme area includes research into both the demand for water and the supply of water, with the concept of the supply/demand balance driving much of the work. Subject areas include headroom, demand management/water efficiency research. Water quality forms a large component of this research area, including epidemiology and microbiological studies, cryptosporidium, metals and algal toxins. Research also includes asset location, distribution operation and maintenance strategies (DOMS) and pipeline innovation, with leakage projects taking a high priority to help water companies reduce leakage to their economic levels.
Much of this research has been in collaboration with the regulators so that basic methods and frameworks can be agreed and applied.
Drinking Water Quality & Health
Yorkshire Water Limited
South West Water Limited