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.


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Improving understanding of current and future household water use

Published On 11/06/2020

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Setting a framework for alleviating water poverty

Published On 29/05/2020

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Latest Publications


Algal Toxins

Published: 15/06/2020

Developing management strategies for increasingly frequent algal blooms in source waters

This research aims to understand the potential for prediction, the implications of climate change, and potential for better management, through a p...

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Climate Change

Published: 03/06/2020

Pathfinder To Promoting The Sustainability Of The Water Industry (Sustainability, Social, Carbon, Net-Positive, Circular Economy, Natural Capital)

This Big Questions “pathfinder” project was designed to give clarity on an industry position around the way in which the industry could...

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Cryptosporidium, Giardia & other Parasites

Published: 11/05/2020

Cryptosporidium: Enhancing the Water Industry’s Capability to Respond

Cryptosporidium causes outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease and can be transmitted in drinking water. Not all species of Cryptosporidi...

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Published: 04/05/2020

Understanding the balance between customer use, supply pipe leakage & plumbing losses in water delivered to household properties

The aim of this project is to obtain a clearer understanding of the balance of customer use, plumbing losses and underground supply pipe losses in ...

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Customer Issues

Published: 30/03/2020

Defining water poverty and evaluating existing information and approaches to reduce water poverty

A part of the English water industry’s Public Interest Commitment is to make bills affordable for all households with water and sewerage bill...

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