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's Second Annual Conference

Published On 30/09/2021

How do we remove more carbon than we emit by 2050?

Published On 24/08/2021

UKWIR shares first circular economy findings

Published On 18/08/2021

Four carbon reduction projects starting soon

Published On 17/08/2021

UKWIR appoints executive pairing to deliver Centre of Excellence

Published On 17/08/2021

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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.


Climate Change

Published: 16/10/2021

Workbook for estimating operational GHG emissions - version 15

UKWIR has developed a standardised workbook for estimating operational greenhouse gas emissions, the Carbon Accounting Workbook (CAW), to bring con...

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Published: 09/10/2021

How should customers’ and stakeholders’ views be used in regulatory decisions?

Frontier Economics was commissioned by UKWIR to develop a range of pragmatic options for customer and stakeholder involvement in price controls, an...

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Wastewater Treatment & Sewerage

Published: 29/09/2021

Antimicrobial Resistance - Literature Review

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a key global health challenge, with a predicted death toll of 10 million annually by 2050. The objective of this ...

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Drinking Water - Other Toxicological Studies

Published: 19/09/2021


The requirement for improving managing the virological safety of drinking water has prompted renewed interest in the potential application of colip...

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Climate Change

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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