Chemical Investigations Programme – Phase 2

Successful outcome for collaborative project as the UK Water Industry releases response to emerging legislation on surface water quality.


The Chemical Investigations Programme (CIP) was established by the UK Water Industry and UKWIR in response to emerging legislation on surface water quality. The first phase provided an overview of the occurrence, behaviour and management of trace contaminants in wastewater. This second phase aims to identify sites at which action might need to be taken and to act as a basis for proposed solutions that are effective, proportional to the Water Industry contribution to contamination, and demonstrably justifiable down to a detailed local level.

Managed by Mr Brian Ellor, and additionally sponsored by The Environment Agency, Department for Environment , Food and Rural Affairs, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Environment Agency, this collaborative project published its’ output in four volumes:

  • Volume 1 Part 1 (2015-2017) Monitoring of Sewage Effluents, Surface Waters and Sewage Sludge
  • Volume 2 Monitoring of Substances of Emerging Concern
  • Volume 3 Wastewater Treatment Technology Trials
  • Volume 4 Catchment Investigations

These publications document current CIP findings and will form the basis of future policy on the control of chemicals in the water environment.

 All UKWIR reports are free of charge for UKWIR members.  Non-UKWIR members can purchase a printed version of the reports on our website

Upcoming Meetings

  • Lead DW13S205 Steering Group meeting
     Tue 16 October 2018 10:30
  • Transfer of Surface Water Assets
     Thu 18 October 2018 10:00
  • DW07 Developing Management Strategies for Increasingly Frequent Algal Blooms
     Thu 18 October 2018 10:30
  • DW13 Intensifying Natural Processes
     Fri 19 October 2018 10:30
  • Cancelled - Repeat bursts at old repairs
     Wed 24 October 2018 10:00