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.



Published On 30/11/2020

UKWIR Annual Conference moves to online

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Tracking and addressing sources of environmental pollution

Published On 20/11/2020

Important scientific data goes public in water industry first

Published On 20/11/2020

Pulling Together

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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.


Climate Change

Published: 26/10/2020

Quantifying and reducing direct greenhouse gas emissions from waste and water treatment processes.

The aim of this work is to improve the understanding and basis for calculating Scope 1 process greenhouse gas emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) and ...

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Water Mains, Sewers and Services

Published: 07/10/2020

Asbestos Cement water mains deterioration and failure prediction models

The purpose of this UKWIR project was to review A...

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Pipeline materials

Published: 13/09/2020

Long Term Performance of Plastic (PE) Pipes

Polyethylene (PE) potable water mains have been in widespread use for...

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Intermittent discharges

Published: 26/08/2020

Pharmaceutical reduction at STWs – cost and effectiveness

The Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive is currently under review in 2020, with discussions being held as to whether advanced treatment for substa...

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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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