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All UKWIR projects are available below and by default are ordered alphabetically (A to Z). Various search options are available via the side-bar.

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Leakage

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A deep dive into leakage using smart meter data’



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CL1193

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BQ10 Carbon

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Air pollutant emissions across wastewater operations

What do we want to achieve through this research?


Across water industry operations and activities, understand the potential air quality issues of five of the most damaging air pollutants that could have a direct impact on human and environmental health: PM2.5, NH3, NOx, SO2 and NMVOCs. This should include identifying and quantifying the risk of air pollutant emissions across wastewater operations/activities to achieve air quality improvements, whilst identifying and prioritising future research projects into effective controls to minimise the risk of air pollutant sources. 



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CL1194

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BQ10 Carbon

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Biosolids to land - carbon emissions and carbon capture

The main aims of this research are to better understand:

  • whether the emissions factors that we currently use regarding biosolids reuse on land are suitable or should be revised
  • whether there are ways in which methane or nitrous oxide emissions from applied biosolids can be limited
  • the degree to which carbon from biosolids in typical forms (e.g. cake) is retained in soil
  • whether soil carbon retention can be maximised.

The project will also draw on the biochar from sludge project that is starting.



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L1212

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BQ02 Zero Leakage

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BQ02-D11 Update on non-acoustic leak detection and location

What do we want to achieve through this research?


The project will provide an overview, in the form of a report, of the current non-acoustic methods that have been trailed and deployed, and their relative cost and effectiveness. Water companies will be able to use the report to make an informed decision as to which of the current methodologies may be suitable for deployment in their company and identify any pitfalls to avoid in the deployment.


The report will also identify suitable candidate technologies for further research and development, which would assist water companies in identifying suitable projects for innovation



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WM1229

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BQ03 Zero Interruptions

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BQ03- C08- Identifying the root causes of failures that lead to interruptions

What do we want to achieve through this research?


The primary objective of this project is to provide a clear understanding of the major root causes of ITS across the industry to therefore focus future BQ3 research appropriately.  This project will address the following key questions:


1.    How do we know how close are we to zero interruptions as an industry and how are we progressing towards this?

2.    How do we understand the relative ITS impact of different pipeline asset diameters and materials failures?

3.    How can we better understand the wider range of ITS Root Causes affecting performance?

The project will also provide an agreed industry data protocol for future data collection in this area and enhance the effective specification of appropriate datasets for the development of the new National Failures Database (NFD).