UKWIR's Origins

 

UKWIR was set up by the UK water industry in 1993 to provide a framework for the procurement of a common research programme for UK water operators on 'one voice' issues. UKWIR's members comprise 20 water and sewerage undertakers in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

UKWIR's Objectives

  • Identify research requirements to meet the water industry's strategic business needs
  • Procure the research competitively
  • Work with the water industry's regulators
  • Provide value for money for our members
  • Transfer the research outputs to our members

How UKWIR Works

Over the last 20 years, UKWIR subscribers have contributed some £50m, with a further £30m of research coming from UKWIR collaborators, resulting in over 750 reports delivered to our members.

Work is often carried out in collaboration with government departments and regulators including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Drinking Water Inspectorate and the Environment Agency. Some work is also done in collaboration with research organisations internationally.

The majority of work is put out to open tender to a wide range of contractors, academic institutions and other organisations in the UK and overseas. Project management is undertaken by both the water industry's R&D departments and by individuals employed by UKWIR.

The research programme is currently divided into the following topic areas: climate change; customers; drinking water quality & health; environmental quality; programme management; regulation; sewerage; sludge & waste management; toxicology; wastewater treatment; water mains & services & leakage and water resources.

A quarterly newsletter, UKWIR News is circulated widely

Upcoming Meetings

  • Achieving Zero Leakage by 2050: Phase 2: Use of smart meters and smart networks for leakage management
     Tue 26 June 2018 09:30
  • Transfer of Surface Water Assets
     Tue 26 June 2018 10:00
  • Project EQ/01/A/225, Logistical Support and Co-ordination of the Delivery Phase of the National Chemical Investigations Programme 2015-2020
     Wed 27 June 2018 09:45
  • Cancelled - Energy from Sewers Start-up Meeting
     Tue 10 July 2018 12:30
  • Energy from Sewers Start-up Meeting
     Wed 11 July 2018 10:30