UKWIR launches 2021 research programme
UKWIR has kicked off the next round of its research programme that will deliver 12 new projects that will help the water sector meet the challenges of the future.
Most of the projects, selected by the UK and Irish water companies, are helping to answer UKWIR’s Big Questions – the water industry’s strategic research programme. The rest are focussed on important areas where the industry needs new evidence and expertise.
Expressions of interest are open, inviting interested parties to put forward ideas for how these projects can be delivered in collaboration with UKWIR and its members.
Among the projects soon to get underway is the development of a new climate change adaptation framework to enable the water industry plan for climate change in a consistent way. It must meet all the international, national and sectoral drivers, and bring together best practice from across the globe so the sector has a robust and trusted tool that it can use to drive investment decisions.
Understanding the costs associated with both operational and embodied carbon across the whole life of an asset is critical in investment decisions. A project to identify how best to calculate the whole life cost or carbon will be delivered so the industry can make progress against its ambitious carbon reduction targets.
Four collaborative workshops focussed on the Zero Leakage and Zero Supply Interruptions Big Questions are to be held to help fast-track progress in key areas including effective early warning and event management and customer communication. The workshops must bring together existing knowledge and good practice, share learning and expertise to identify priorities for further work.
The other projects that are included in part one of the 2021 research programme:
- Water resource innovation workshops to understand and change customers’ water using behaviour; develop alternatives to freshwater abstraction and explore use of big data to help reduce abstraction from the environment
- Identifying and transferring minimal excavation methods for use in the water industry to help reduce leakage levels
- Impact of dynamic system changes on customer acceptability of drinking water
- Two projects focussed on
- wastewater microbiological standards and
- wastewater disinfection methods and costs
- Delivery of UKWIR’s weekly Wastewater Briefings and Alerts with relevant sector intelligence and watching briefs on key issues.
The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is Friday 22 January 2021.
Part two of the 2021 research programme will be developed and progressed later in the year
- Severn Trent awarded top environmental grade Severn Trent has been awarded a 4* rating by the Environment Agency, the regulator's top grade for environmental... Read More >
- Anglian CEO becomes co-chair of climate change group Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson has been appointed co-chair of the UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), a group... Read More >
- Webinar on demand: Decarbonisation needs 'more collaboration than ever before' The water sector will need to collaborate "more than ever before" to meet its decarbonisation goals,... Read More >
- Why VSDs are a crucial waypoint on the route map to Net Zero The UK water industry has unveiled its plan to deliver a Net Zero supply for customers by 2030, a full two decades before... Read More >
- Holistic thinking across the water cycle to comply with regulation, protect reputation, and deliver ROI Utilities are under increasing pressure from constantly changing laws and regulations with which they must comply. The... Read More >
- Building NextGen wastewater treatment systems The future of wastewater treatment involves bubbles, just fewer of them, according to Peter Vale. Read More >
- A glimpse into the world of water in 2021 Paul Haggerty, vice president and expert in digital operations, utilities transformation and water at Capgemini UK, looks... Read More >
- How tech is helping water companies improve lockdown customer service Bobby Bahia, commercial director for transport & infrastructure at Totalmobile, discusses how technology innovations and... Read More >