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.



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

Published On 14/06/2021

Priority projects for the Regulation Big Question

Published On 19/05/2021

Launching the Carbon Big Question Projects

Published On 18/05/2021

Reflecting on a transformational year and looking ahead

Published On 18/05/2021

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

Published On 16/04/2021

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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: 22/05/2021

Integrating UKCP18 with UKWIR tools and guidance: Review of existing methods

This project has systematically reviewed UKWIR methods and tools in the context of climate change following the Met Office’s recent release o...

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Published: 28/04/2021

Improved Understanding of current and future household consumption

The UKWIR project ‘Improving Understanding of Household Consumption’ collated and analysed water metering data to explore patterns in d...

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Sewer Engineering

Published: 21/04/2021

Surface water drainage from new developments

The study assessed current practice of drainage design of the use of SuDS and the SuDS standards for developments draining to sewers. The water ind...

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Published: 30/03/2021

Assessing the effectiveness of the regulatory framework

Frontier Economics was commissioned by UKWIR to identify the priorities of its members for future improvements to economic regulation, and to defin...

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Asset Management

Published: 08/03/2021

Environmental Assessments for Water Resources Planning

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