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.

You can directly access five of our Big Questions below, with a sixth link to all twelve.


UKWIR online Annual Conference 2020

Published On 21/02/2021

Reviewing anti-microbial resistance

Published On 17/02/2021

Adapting to new challenges

Published On 16/02/2021

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

Published On 15/02/2021


Published On 10/02/2021

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Latest Publications(for non-members)

Members have free access to reports by logging into the website and using the Publications Menu.


Published: 23/02/2021

UKWIR’s Source Apportionment GIS Model (SAGIS): Version 4.0

This project has delivered an upgraded and enhanced version of SAGIS that will enable its continued use for investment planning, river basin manage...

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Asset Management Plans

Published: 30/01/2021

When is ‘surface water removal’ the most cost beneficial solution?

Managing and removing surface water from sewers offers a number of operational benefits. Using different types of sustainable interventions can cre...

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Asset Management

Published: 20/12/2020

Best Practice For Trunk Main Flow Monitoring Areas: Interactive Guide

Please note - this publication is an interactive PDF, provided on a CD - no printed report is pr...

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Environmental benefits

Published: 16/12/2020

The National Chemical Investigations Programme 2015-2020 - Volume 1 Part 2

The Chemical Investigations Programme (CIP) was established by UKWIR in response to emerging legislation on surface water quality. The first phase ...

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Asset Management

Published: 15/12/2020

Best Practice For Trunk Main Flow Monitoring Areas

A significant number of water companies have started using Trunk Main Flow Monitoring Zones (als...

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