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.



How do we remove more carbon than we emit by 2050?

Published On 24/08/2021

UKWIR shares first circular economy findings

Published On 18/08/2021

Four carbon reduction projects starting soon

Published On 17/08/2021

UKWIR appoints executive pairing to deliver Centre of Excellence

Published On 17/08/2021

Delivering on Net Zero Carbon in Wastewater Management: Progress and Prospects

Published On 08/07/2021

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Latest Publications (for non-members)

Members have free access to reports by logging into the website and using the Publications Menu.


Published: 19/09/2021


The requirement for improving managing the virological safety of drinking water has prompted renewed interest in the potential application of colip...

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Published: 22/05/2021

Integrating UKCP18 with UKWIR tools and guidance: Review of existing methods

This project has systematically reviewed UKWIR methods and tools in the context of climate change following the Met Office’s recent release o...

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Published: 28/04/2021

Improved Understanding of current and future household consumption

The UKWIR project ‘Improving Understanding of Household Consumption’ collated and analysed water metering data to explore patterns in d...

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Sewer Engineering

Published: 21/04/2021

Surface water drainage from new developments

The study assessed current practice of drainage design of the use of SuDS and the SuDS standards for developments draining to sewers. The water ind...

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Published: 30/03/2021

Assessing the effectiveness of the regulatory framework

Frontier Economics was commissioned by UKWIR to identify the priorities of its members for future improvements to economic regulation, and to defin...

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