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.

UKWIR Big Question VIDEO

You can directly access five of our Big Questions below, with a sixth link to all twelve.



Transforming the sector through research & innovation: UKWIR 3rd Annual conference

Published On 13/07/2022

Our Reports Go Open Access

Published On 15/05/2022

Global Water Research Coalition board meeting

Published On 14/05/2022

Focus on future asset planning

Published On 14/05/2022

Our second annual review

Published On 14/05/2022

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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.



Published: 08/08/2022 11:24:50

Urban Runoff (Including Road Runoff) And Atmospheric Deposition - How To Apportion Pollution Load Especially Chemicals Of Emerging Concern

Diffuse pollution such as urban run-off and atmospheric deposition is a well-established source of pollutants. This project reviewed existing data ...

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Climate Change

Published: 18/07/2022

Extending the Capability of SAGIS by Developing a Climate Change Sensitivity Analysis Tool

This project has delivered a spreadsheet tool that extends the capability of the SAGIS-SIMCAT system by enabling modellers to directly apply climat...

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Distribution Systems

Published: 15/07/2022

Impact of dynamic system changes on customer acceptability

Companies must work to ensure that customers continue to be satisfied with their drinking water when the treated water source they normally receive...

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Published: 05/07/2022

Calculating whole life / totex carbon

This project carried out a high-level review of the tools currently use by the water sector; considered the potential for integrated ‘totex c...

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Published: 30/06/2022

Transferring minimal excavation methods to the water industry

This report provides a comprehensive review of current and developing technologies for minimal excavation which have the potential to enable the wa...

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