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.


Smart Water Utilities Europe 2023

Published On 01/06/2023

Review into plastic pollution shows how best to tackle it through source control

Published On 13/02/2023

UKWIR launches "MyLibrary" of research reports

Published On 12/02/2023

Recent Funding and Collaborations

Published On 11/02/2023

Free access to hundreds of water sector research reports

Published On 07/02/2023

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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.


Bathing Waters

Published: 22/05/2023 13:40:31

Microbial standards and wastewater - what next?

With current focus on water quality standards for ...

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Overall Impacts

Published: 16/05/2023 13:43:28

Workbook for estimating operational GHG emissions – CAW version 17

UKWIR has developed a standardised workbook for estimating operationa...

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Emerging chemicals

Published: 31/03/2023 18:14:30

Improved slug pellet formulations to reduce risks to water

Slugs are important pests of farms and gardens and slug bait pellets ...

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Environmental benefits

Published: 01/03/2023 16:19:36

The National Chemical Investigations Programme 2020-2022 Volume 13 - Risk based extension to CIP (Data Mining)

The National Chemical Investigations Programme Phase 3, 2020-2022

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Sludge & Waste Management

Published: 17/02/2023 11:24:08

Converting Sewage Sludge to Biochar - A Review of Options & Feasibility

The UK and Ireland rely heavily on the recycling of biosolids to a...

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