How do we achieve 100% compliance with drinking water standards (at point of use) by 2050?

UKWIR Big Question


This programme lies within Theme 1 of UKWIR’s Big Questions “Drinking Water Production and Distribution” and has been split into two Phases. 

Phase 1

To support the development of this research programme a report was commissioned to produce a community-owned list of prioritised research needs. Each contaminant or issue was allocated a score for knowledge and risk based on literature reviews and workshop discussions; this enabled them to be mapped onto quadrants as shown in the figure below. Contaminants that had research gaps, but which contributed a low risk to water quality, were removed from future prioritisation as a research need at this time.

Drinking Water Standards

This report was used to develop a route map for this Big Question, which forms Phase 2 of the programme.

Phase 2

The route map identifies the key outcomes that this research programme needs to achieve in order to answer the Big Question of “How do we achieve 100% compliance with drinking water standards (at point of use) by 2050?”

Under each outcome are a suite of associated projects, along with their key benefits. This is a dynamic route map and will be modified as projects are completed and better information becomes available. It is also important to note that many of the projects are linked and will help deliver several outcomes; for simplicity the linkages are not displayed on the route map.

If you think you can help us with this second phase of research, or you have other research ideas to offer, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact us at:


Upcoming Meetings

  • Cryptosporidium Stakeholders Workshop
     Wed 20 February 2019 10:00
  • WW02B209, Research, Planning and Management with UKWIR’s Source Apportionment Modelling System
     Thu 21 February 2019 09:45
  • Catchment Management for Water Quality and Quantity
     Tue 26 February 2019 10:00
  • Achieving Zero Leakage by 2050: Phase 2: Understanding the balance between customer use, supply pipe leakage and plumbing losses in water delivered to household properties
     Wed 27 February 2019 10:00
  • DBP follow on project
     Thu 28 February 2019 13:00