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.


Answering the Big Questions

Published On 11/09/2019

Sink to River - River to Tap: Review of Potential Risks from Microplastics

Published On 09/09/2019

Best Practice For Trunk Main Flow Monitoring Areas - call for Expression of Interest on new project

Published On 30/08/2019

Asset Health Indicators - Forward Looking Metrics - Call for Expression of Interest

Published On 12/08/2019

Call for Expression of Interest on new project - Quantifying & Reducing Direct GHG Emissions from Treatment Processes

Published On 12/08/2019

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Latest Publications


Drinking Water

Published: 09/09/2019

Sink to River - River to Tap - A review of potential risks from nano-particles & microplastics

This research project found that water treatment works (WTW) and wastewater treatment works (WwTW) remove 99.9% of mic...

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Wastewater Treatment & Sewerage

Published: 09/09/2019

Achieving Zero Harm From Plastics Via Water Industry Operations and Activities. Phase 1

The aim of this project was to help identify the key research gaps, challenges and priorities relating to the source, fate and potential impact of ...

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Maintenance continuing serviceability

Published: 14/08/2019

Treated Water Storage Assets: Good Practice for Operation & Management Version 2

The purpose of this project is to provide water companies with good practice guidance for the whole life management of the construction, refurbishm...

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Drinking Water

Published: 06/08/2019

Catchment Management for Water Quality and Quantity

This project evaluated whether catchment management makes a difference to water quality and quantity. The project included a structured evidence re...

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Environment & Quality

Published: 29/07/2019

Risk assessment of CIP data with respect to implications for drinking water sources

Water Safety Planning approaches underpin drinking water quality and safety management. This mandatory approach requires the systematic assessment ...

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