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.


Pipe Dream becomes a reality as pipe performance secrets unearthed

Published On 15/09/2020

Long-term aging of polyethylene pipes

Published On 15/09/2020

Review of the National Failures Database

Published On 14/09/2020

A strategy for change through innovation

Published On 14/09/2020

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

Published On 23/07/2020

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Latest Publications


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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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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