UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR)

UKWIR is a research organisation setup by water companies and has been positively shaping the UK water industry’s future over the last 30 years through facilitating, managing and delivering strategic water industry research programme. UKWIR’s members comprise 19 water and sewerage companies in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. UKWIR currently manages over 70 live research projects on behalf of UK Water companies. UKWIR’s work is often carried out in collaboration with academia, government departments and regulators including DEFRA, Environment Agency, DWQR, WIC, DWI, and CRU. Other work is also done in collaboration with several international research organisations.

UKWIR’s research programme is currently divided into the following topic areas: drinking water quality and health; toxicology; water resources; climate change; wastewater treatment and sewerage; sewage sludge; water mains and services; sewerage; leakage and metering; as well as customer and regulatory issues.

UKWIR developed 12 Big Questions to tackle the key challenges faced by the water industry, now and in the future (check our Big Questions Brochure:$B9SPLSW!). UKWIR has also played a leading role in developing the UK’s first Water Innovation Strategy (, providing a roadmap for the water sector to make a step-change in collaborative innovations that addresses current and future challenges.

Research Areas / Subjects of Interest:

• Carbon emission (e.g., GHG emission from wastewater treatment processes, hydrogen economy, carbon capture methods for water, GHG sensors)
• Emerging substances of concern to the environment.
• Sustainable freshwater abstraction.
• Reduction of uncontrolled discharges from sewers.
• Circular economy (e.g., zero waste, resource efficiency).

Other research areas relevant to Water Industry: Big Data and Satellite, Nature-based Solution, Sensors.


Please contact Dr Imad Ahmed for more information.

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