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 Leakage Projects Completed by Servelec Technologies

Published On 01/10/2019

Answering the Big Questions

Published On 11/09/2019

Sink to River - River to Tap: Review of Potential Risks from Microplastics

Published On 09/09/2019

Best Practice For Trunk Main Flow Monitoring Areas - call for Expression of Interest on new project

Published On 30/08/2019

Asset Health Indicators - Forward Looking Metrics - Call for Expression of Interest

Published On 12/08/2019

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Latest Publications


Published: 15/10/2019

Basis for a Programme of Chemical Investigations to be Carried out by the Water Industry During the AMP7 Period

The UK Water Industry, under the coordination of UKWIR and in collaboration with UK r...

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Water Mains & Services & Leakage

Published: 27/09/2019

The impact of reductions in leakage levels on reported and detected leak repair frequencies

This project investigated the impact of reducing leakage levels on the average frequencies of bursts and other identified leaks, including the prop...

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Published: 26/09/2019

Surface Water Assets - A review of the extent of surface water assets in England and Wales

The natural drainage of the land has developed into a multitude of assets to facilitate drainage, with varying degrees of regulation and ownership....

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Drinking Water

Published: 09/09/2019

Sink to River - River to Tap - A review of potential risks from nano-particles & microplastics

This research project found that water treatment works (WTW) and wastewater treatment works (WwTW) remove 99.9% of mic...

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Wastewater Treatment & Sewerage

Published: 09/09/2019

Achieving Zero Harm From Plastics Via Water Industry Operations and Activities. Phase 1

The aim of this project was to help identify the key research gaps, challenges and priorities relating to the source, fate and potential impact of ...

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