NEWS and developments from UKWIR

We regularly publish News Articles on our website to inform our members and the general public of developments within the organisation.

News Articles

UKWIR Is recruiting for a Head of Fundraising to join our team

New Role created within UKWIR to create and implement Funding Strategy. Applications close 20th May 2021.

Published On 16/04/2021

IWA Young Water Professional Conference 2021: Tapping into the Future

IWA YWP goes online for April 2021

Published On 25/03/2021

UKWIR online Annual Conference 2020

UKWIR has published a series of short online films, capturing the main highlights from its recent conference on transforming the water sector through collaborative research and innovation. The films include insights from a range of industry figures, as well as the world of Formula 1 motor racing.

Steve Kaye, UKWIR's CEO, said: “Our conference was a real success, with fantastic presentations and discussions throughout the day. The highlights videos really capture the energy and spirit of collaboration that were present during the event - something that's even more remarkable, given that we held the conference virtually.”

Steve added: “I would encourage everyone to watch the videos, as they demonstrate how much creative thinking and enthusiasm for innovation and transformation there is in our industry, both here in the UK and worldwide. We're already planning for our next conference for later this year and will share further details soon.” A highlights film has been produced for each of the four research and innovation conference sessions, which covered the following themes:

  • Taking a fresh approach
  • Culture is key, including insights from the McLaren Formula 1 racing team
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Future research and innovation priorities.

Published On 09/03/2021


Customer behaviour and choices – rather than socioeconomics and weather – are the key to understanding household water use to help meet ambitious reductions in water abstraction, an UKWIR Big Questions project1 has revealed.

Published On 09/03/2021

Reviewing anti-microbial resistance

In 2014 a Government press release quoted the Prime Minister, David Cameron saying 'If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again'. This led to the O'Neill report known as the AMR Review. The review estimated that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050. Whilst the principal focus of effort has been development of new drugs and limiting overuse and inappropriate use, the Government has longer term aims and is also considering the role of the environment in the spread of AMR.

Published On 17/02/2021

Adapting to new challenges

UKWIR held its Research Programme Review Meeting on the 25 & 26 November 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to update members on developments and for water company Programme Leads to facilitate discussion on research progress and plans.

Published On 16/02/2021

Collaboration and Co-Creation: The key to water sector research and innovation

Listening to the presentations at UKWIR's inaugural Annual Conference in December made it clear that the water sector's approach to research and innovation has fundamentally changed.

Published On 15/02/2021


A research project to help water companies provide the evidence base that influences the next regulatory price review process has got underway. UKWIR commissioned Frontier Economics to start exploring its Big Question “How do we ensure that the regulatory framework incentivises efficient delivery of the right outcomes for customers and the environment?” to determine the industry’s priorities and, based on these, define future areas of research.

Published On 10/02/2021



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