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.

UKWIR Big Question VIDEO

You can directly access five of our Big Questions below, with a sixth link to all twelve.



Setting sail towards a collaborative future

Published On 24/08/2022

Focus on discharges from sewers

Published On 24/08/2022

Focus on Carbon Reduction

Published On 23/08/2022

Helping secure water resources for the future

Published On 23/08/2022

Transforming the sector through research & innovation: UKWIR 3rd Annual conference

Published On 13/07/2022

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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: 16/09/2022

The Occurrence and Causes of Pressure Transients in Distribution Networks

Pressure transients contribute to water company assets’ degradation and structural failure, leading to, amongst other things, leakage and pip...

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Overall Impacts

Published: 26/08/2022

Workbook for estimating operational GHG emissions – version 16

UKWIR has developed a standardised workbook for estimating operational greenhouse gas emissions, the Carbon Accounting Workbook (CAW), to bring con...

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Overall Impacts

Published: 17/08/2022

Climate change adaptation - a common framework

This research report sets out a framework that builds on current practice, regulation and guidance to provide recommendations for government and re...

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Published: 11/08/2022

Urban Runoff (Including Road Runoff) And Atmospheric Deposition - How To Apportion Pollution Load Especially Chemicals Of Emerging Concern

Diffuse pollution such as urban run-off and atmospheric deposition is a well-established source of pollutants. This project reviewed existing data ...

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Climate Change

Published: 18/07/2022

Extending the Capability of SAGIS by Developing a Climate Change Sensitivity Analysis Tool

This project has delivered a spreadsheet tool that extends the capability of the SAGIS-SIMCAT system by enabling modellers to directly apply climat...

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