Chemical Investigations Programme – Phase 2

Successful outcome for collaborative project as the UK Water Industry releases response to emerging legislation on surface water quality.


The Chemical Investigations Programme (CIP) was established by the UK Water Industry and UKWIR in response to emerging legislation on surface water quality. The first phase provided an overview of the occurrence, behaviour and management of trace contaminants in wastewater. This second phase aims to identify sites at which action might need to be taken and to act as a basis for proposed solutions that are effective, proportional to the Water Industry contribution to contamination, and demonstrably justifiable down to a detailed local level.

Managed by Mr Brian Ellor, and additionally sponsored by The Environment Agency, Department for Environment , Food and Rural Affairs, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Environment Agency, this collaborative project published its’ output in four volumes:

  • Volume 1 Part 1 (2015-2017) Monitoring of Sewage Effluents, Surface Waters and Sewage Sludge
  • Volume 2 Monitoring of Substances of Emerging Concern
  • Volume 3 Wastewater Treatment Technology Trials
  • Volume 4 Catchment Investigations

These publications document current CIP findings and will form the basis of future policy on the control of chemicals in the water environment.

 All UKWIR reports are free of charge for UKWIR members.  Non-UKWIR members can purchase a printed version of the reports on our website

Upcoming Meetings

  • Cancelled - Repeat bursts at old repairs
     Wed 24 October 2018 10:00
  • UKWIR - Biosolids to land project - dissemination event
     Tue 30 October 2018 10:30
  • Repeat bursts at old repairs
     Thu 01 November 2018 10:00
  • WW02B209 Research, planning and management with UKWIR’s Source Apportionment modelling system
     Wed 07 November 2018 09:45
  • Conference Call for DW13S Risk assessment of CIP data with respect to implications for drinking water sources
     Wed 07 November 2018 10:00