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  • Trevor Loveday

Latest UKWIR projects available for expression of interest 

Water research not-for-profit UKWIR is seeking expressions of interest for “expert partners ready to carry out targeted research projects to tackle the biggest issues facing the water sector,” including improvements to real-time monitoring of bathing waters, development of a circular economy framework and effective treatment of dilute sewage. 


Steve Kaye, chief executive of UKWIR, said that, drawing on water companies and a range of other water stakeholders, UKWIR “ensures our research directly delivers tangible benefits for both the environment and customers, as the sector undergoes a period of significant transformation and innovation.”   


Expressions of interest are open until midnight on Thursday 28 March 2024 for the following UKWIR projects: 

  • lead in drinking water – journey to 5µg/l and beyond;

  • development of a water industry circular economy measurement framework with supporting metrics;

  • improving real-time public bathing water quality information;

  • industry insights from the UKWIR National Mains Failure Database;

  • assessing the costs and benefits of non-essential use drought orders – feasibility study;

  • efficacy of novel disinfection processes for wastewater treatment;

  • effective treatment of dilute sewage;

  • risk of toxicity to fish in rivers from phosphorus stripping using aluminium;

  • faecal indicator organism die-off rates in rivers; 

  • biological removal of taste and odour compounds;

  • updating RedUP rainwater time-series perturbation tool to comply with draft water management plans and long-term delivery strategy methodologies; and

  • water company landholdings – quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage potential.


Detailed information about each project and submission forms for expressions of interest are available HERE.

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