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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Latest Publications


Wastewater Treatment & Sewerage

Published: 14/01/2019

Wastewater Treatment Works Flow to Full Treatment - Monitoring and Compliance Assessment Method Development

Many Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) have MCERTS flow monitoring equipment at the works outlet only, which poses difficulties for assessing compl...

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Published: 07/12/2018

Biosolids to Market: A Strategic Proposal to Explore the Threats to Biosolids to Land – Now and in the Future

Biosolids are valuable sources of crop nutrients, stable organic matter and lime which improve soil quality and fertility. Their recycling to land ...

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Published: 24/11/2018

The Impact of Burst-Driven Mains Renewals on Network Leakage Performance

A burst-driven renewal programme can achieve a reduction in burst frequencies leading to a reduction in the natural rate of rise (NRR) of leakage. ...

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General Impacts

Published: 10/11/2018

Climate Change Modelling and the WRMP

This Guidance reviews current climate change evidence and methodologies and proposes a new approach for WRMP 2024 designed to be used with the fort...

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Drinking Water Quality & Health

Published: 16/10/2018

UKWIR Support for EC Aquavalens project

This report describes the work undertaken on the Aquavalens project funded by the European Commission. The project aimed to develop suitable techni...

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