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.


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Latest Publications (for non-members)

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Sludge & Waste Management

Published: 29/08/2023 14:38:38

Prioritisation of circular economy research opportunities for the UK & Irish water industry

In recent years, water companies have sought to improve resource reco...

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Urban Pollution Management

Published: 16/08/2023 11:38:59

Extending SAGIS to include catchment statistics analysis and reporting in preparation for PR24

This project has delivered a spreadsheet tool that extends the capabi...

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Effluent Quality

Published: 28/07/2023 16:51:34

Pollution Inventory estimator tool - update

The European and UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register mandates sewerage service providers t...

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Sewerage management

Published: 24/07/2023 17:31:52

Quantifying, managing and communicating the differences in storm overflow spill data between EDM outputs and hydraulic model predictions

There is growing evidence that the frequency and duration of discharg...

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Published: 28/06/2023 17:31:10

Integrating and producing hydrogen

The UK’s latest hydrogen strategy, published in August 2021, st...

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