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.


Enhancing the response to Cryptosporidium

Published On 12/03/2020

A Routemap for the Water Resources Big Question

Published On 03/03/2020

New UKWIR Project to review the National Failure Database

Published On 23/01/2020

Good news on Microplastics

Published On 28/11/2019

Evolution of Big Questions

Published On 28/11/2019

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Latest Publications


Customer Issues

Published: 30/03/2020

Defining water poverty and evaluating existing information and approaches to reduce water poverty

A part of the English water industry’s Public Interest Commitment is to make bills affordable for all households with water and sewerage bill...

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Waste Water Treatment and Sewerage

Published: 24/02/2020

UKWIR’s Source Apportionment GIS Model (SAGIS): Research, Planning and Management

This project has enhanced the SAGIS-SIMCAT system through the development of new tools, methodologies, and intelligence that promote novel applicat...

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Water Resources

Published: 03/02/2020

How do we halve our freshwater abstractions sustainably by 2050?: Research review and gap analysis

This report provides an initial roadmap, and an integrated portfolio of research projects. Together, these chart a programme of research to support...

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Published: 08/12/2019

Energy from Sewers

The opportunity for heat recovery from sewers and other forms of energy generation was investigated and a selection tool produced to identify heat ...

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Drinking Water

Published: 02/12/2019

Achieving 100% compliance with drinking water standards at point of use by 2050 - Intensifying Natural Processes

A review of innovative technologies for improving reservoir water quality was carried out. Six technology categories were shortlisted as havin...

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