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.


Water industry seeks partners to embed circular economy approach across the sector

Published On 23/07/2020

UKWIR Annual Conference

Published On 20/07/2020

Water Quality Model Enhanced Ahead of PR24

Published On 14/07/2020

2050 Water - Draft Innovation Strategy Launched

Published On 09/07/2020

Improving understanding of current and future household water use

Published On 11/06/2020

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Latest Publications


Water Mains, Sewers and Services

Published: 07/08/2020

Impact of Customer-side Leakage Approaches

If companies wish to address and reduce customer-side losses they need an end-to-end strategy that encompasses external supply pipe leakage and int...

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Waste Water Treatment and Sewerage

Published: 04/08/2020

Ecological impact of other (non soluble reactive) phosphorus fractions

Phosphorus is an essential element for all life and is widely recognised as a key factor influencing the status of river and lake ecosystems. Much ...

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Drinking Water

Published: 03/08/2020

Understanding DBP formation: Interpretation of laboratory experiments to operational conditions

The objectives of this study were to demonstrate whether the findings from recent laboratory studies on disinfection by-product (DBP) formation app...

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Drinking Water

Published: 16/07/2020

Application of dose-response data for assessing the health effects of exposure to faecal-oral pathogens through consumption of treated drinking water

The dose-response relation provides an understanding of the number of pathogens required to cause infection or illness in a susceptible host. This ...

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Disinfection By-Products

Published: 15/07/2020

Identification of treatment conditions which minimise DBP formation

Disinfection by-products (DBPs) are formed from the reaction between an oxidative disinfectant (such as chlorine or ozone), and organic and inorgan...

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