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

UK 2050 – Water Innovation Strategy launched

The UK’s first water innovation strategy has been published setting a new vision for transformational change through innovation across the UK water sector.

Published On 05/10/2020

Pipe Dream becomes a reality as pipe performance secrets unearthed

A research project to examine the long-term performance of plastic pipes used to supply the nation’s drinking water has finally unearthed its performance secrets.

Published On 15/09/2020

Long-term aging of polyethylene pipes

Polyethylene (PE) potable water mains have been in widespread use in the UK water industry for several decades. Over 30 years ago, Severn Trent Water laid two test beds of plastic pipe water mains at nearby pumping stations in their region. The aim was to provide a unique opportunity to establish long term deterioration in ‘real life’ service conditions. An UKWIR project, Revealing the Long-term Performance of Plastic (Polyethylene) Pipes, took the opportunity of exploiting the far-sighted approach taken by Severn Trent Water.

Published On 15/09/2020

Review of the National Failures Database

A review of UKWIR’s National Failure Database (NFD) has been completed and provides the opportunity to consider the business case for its continued development. The NFD has been a valuable resource of both water mains and sewer information to the industry for well over ten years. It now lends supports to several of UKWIR's 'Big Questions Programme' and its use has been critical in the outcomes from the UKWIR projects on asbestos pipes and polyethylene pipes.

Published On 14/09/2020

A strategy for change through innovation

July saw the ‘virtual’ launch of the draft Water Sector Innovation Strategy which sets out the water sector’s vision to ‘create open collaboration opportunities across the water sector to drive transformational change through innovation that delivers greater value for customers and the environment'.

Published On 14/09/2020

Water industry seeks partners to embed circular economy approach across the sector

The UK water industry has set itself the ambition of embedding the principles of a circular economy - maximising resource recovery and achieving zero waste from its operations by 2050.

Published On 23/07/2020

UKWIR Annual Conference

UKWIR Annual Conference: Transforming the Water Sector through collaborative research and innovation 15 December 2020 | London | Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 more London Riverside, Tooley St, London. SE1 2BY

Published On 20/07/2020

Water Quality Model Enhanced Ahead of PR24

Work to enhance the modelling tool used to target investment to improve river water quality has begun ahead of PR24.

Published On 14/07/2020



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