HOW UKWIR WORKS

 

Over the last 15 years, UKWIR subscribers have contributed some £50m with a further £30m of research coming from UKWIR collaborators, resulting in over 750 reports delivered to members.

Work is often carried out in collaboration with government departments and regulators including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Drinking Water Inspectorate and the Environment Agency. Some work is also done in collaboration with research organisations internationally.

The majority of work is put out to open tender to a wide range of companies, academic institutions and other organisations in the UK and overseas. Project management is undertaken by both the water industry's R&D departments and by individuals employed by UKWIR.

The research programme is currently divided into the following topic areas: climate change; customers; drinking water quality & health; environmental quality; programme management; regulation; sewerage; sludge & waste management; toxicology; wastewater treatment; water mains & services & leakage and water resources.

A quarterly newsletter, UKWIR News is circulated widely.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

New projects are added to the Main Research Programme at the end of November each year, but further projects are added throughout the year. 

Expressions of Interest are invited from potential contractors for all of the projects listed in Next Year's Programme. These are completed on the website and are conveyed automatically to the relevant Project Manager for consideration. 

The deadline for the Main Research Programme is 31 December 2018 and is confirmed in the Next Year's Programme page.

A sample of UKWIR's model agreement, which includes standard terms and conditions, and which is provided with tender documents, may be viewed here.

The Tender Evaluation Guidelines used by our project steering groups are also available here.

THE UKWIR PROCESS

The rolling UKWIR research programme is developed and updated through an annual cycle.

Key dates this year.

Find out more about current projects and those planned for next year in the RESEARCH PROGRAMME section of the website.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Cryptosporidium Stakeholders Workshop
     Wed 20 February 2019 10:00
  • WW02B209, Research, Planning and Management with UKWIR’s Source Apportionment Modelling System
     Thu 21 February 2019 09:45
  • Catchment Management for Water Quality and Quantity
     Tue 26 February 2019 10:00
  • Achieving Zero Leakage by 2050: Phase 2: Understanding the balance between customer use, supply pipe leakage and plumbing losses in water delivered to household properties
     Wed 27 February 2019 10:00
  • DBP follow on project
     Thu 28 February 2019 13:00