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

Enhancing the response to Cryptosporidium

Shortly after its establishment in 1994, UKWIR embarked on a programme of research on Cryptosporidium that helped the industry and regulators to combat this health risk. Recently ground-breaking advances in genotyping technology have been identified and are now driving a new UKWIR project, Cryptosporidium: Enhancing the Water Industry’s Capability to Respond, with Public Health Wales as the contractor. A project dissemination workshop was held in January to bring together a wide range of stakeholders ensuring the research would deliver what the water industry needs through enhancements to genotyping technology.

Published On 12/03/2020

A Routemap for the Water Resources Big Question

The Water Resources Big Question: How do we Halve Freshwater Abstractions in a Sustainable Way by 2050? took a major step forward with the recent publication of its routemap on the UKWIR website,

Published On 03/03/2020

New UKWIR Project to review the National Failure Database

A new project is being carried out by Servelec Technologies to review the UKWIR National Failure Database.

Published On 23/01/2020

Good news on Microplastics

The Blue Planet TV programmes brought the issue of plastics in the environment into the collective conscious. In 2017, already aware of this concern, UKWIR proposed the Sink to River - River to Tap - A Review of Potential Risks from Nano-particles & Microplastics project to assess their presence in wastewater and sources of drinking water. It is the first study of its kind in the UK to develop a robust approach to sampling and detection of microplastic particles in the treated water cycle.

Published On 28/11/2019

Evolution of Big Questions

UKWIR’s Big question Programme gains momentum as illustrated in the image, where the progress made with each Big Question is shown in the context of the whole development process. RouteMaps have or are being developed as described in the main article.

Published On 28/11/2019

An ambitious leakage programme

UKWIR has identified a total of 25 new projects in the Leakage Big Question Programme (How do we Achieve Zero Leakage in a Sustainable Way by 2050?) to deliver the quantum leap needed on leakage performance. These projects will aim to quantify leakage more accurately, minimise leaks on new pipes and joints as well as improve ‘find and fix’ times.

Published On 28/11/2019

Steve Kaye judging 2020 Water Industry Awards

Recognising the best of the best, the annual Water Innovations Awards, organised by Water and Wastewater treatment (WWT) will be held 20th May 2020 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Published On 15/11/2019

UKWIR Leakage Projects Completed by Servelec Technologies

Servelec have completed two projects for UKWIR regarding managing leakage

Published On 01/10/2019



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