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.


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Latest Publications (for non-members)

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Published: 28/04/2021

Improved Understanding of current and future household consumption

The UKWIR project ‘Improving Understanding of Household Consumption’ collated and analysed water metering data to explore patterns in d...

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Sewer Engineering

Published: 21/04/2021

Surface water drainage from new developments

The study assessed current practice of drainage design of the use of SuDS and the SuDS standards for developments draining to sewers. The water ind...

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Published: 30/03/2021

Assessing the effectiveness of the regulatory framework

Frontier Economics was commissioned by UKWIR to identify the priorities of its members for future improvements to economic regulation, and to defin...

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Asset Management

Published: 08/03/2021

Environmental Assessments for Water Resources Planning

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Urban Pollution Management

Published: 23/02/2021

UKWIR’s Source Apportionment GIS Model (SAGIS): Version 4.0

This project has delivered an upgraded and enhanced version of SAGIS that will enable its continued use for investment planning, river basin manage...

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