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 Water Industry seeks ideas to minimise excavations as part of journey to tackle leakage

The UK Water Industry is committed to making significant reductions in leakage to safeguard the supply-demand balance in the future, as well as delivering on the net zero roadmap. Safely and efficiently repairing leaks with the associated excavation activities are a key part of the challenge to reduce leakage, however current processes for excavating buried pipes are slow, disruptive, labour-intensive and can lead to unintentional damage to neighbouring assets.

Published On 14/06/2021

Priority projects for the Regulation Big Question

UKWIR News is featuring, for the first time, the Big Question How do We Ensure that the Regulatory Framework Incentivises Efficient Delivery of the Right Outcomes for Customers and the Environment?

Published On 19/05/2021

Launching the Carbon Big Question Projects

The Carbon Big Question How do we Remove more Carbon than we Emit by 2050? has reached the important stage of commissioning projects for 2021/22 which concentrate on the two key areas of measurement and accountability.

Published On 18/05/2021

Reflecting on a transformational year and looking ahead

UKWIR has produced its Annual Review, the first of a series of communication initiatives in the pipeline, that capture the important work of the last year – including on its Big Questions programme and industry-developments in innovation – with a tantalising glimpse of where it is looking to go next.

Published On 18/05/2021

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



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