The UK is home to a highly successful water industry – and one that is ready to respond to global opportunities. Offering cutting-edge products and technology, as well as internationally renowned consultancy, the UK’s adaptable and innovative solutions can help to address any water-related challenge, wherever it may be in the world.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has identified the following key areas of expertise:

  • Water sourcing
  • Wastewater treatment and reuse
  • Flood resilience
  • Research, innovation and education
  • Quality water delivery
  • Balancing water usage
  • Advisory services
  • Digital utility

The UK water industry can draw on decades of experience in developing integrated water-resource management solutions and techniques. Its 20 water utilities invest £5.85bn in assets each year and £5.17bn in services, employing 45,700 people and creating 86,000 indirect jobs. Approximately 400 specialist engineering companies generate revenues of £1.5bn.

The UK’s academic and corporate research institutes are internationally renowned for their work on water. Each year, the UK Government spends around £110m on water research and innovation through its research councils. There are also a range of research, testing and demonstration facilities in both the public and private sector. The UK Water Partnership has created a pilot register of these which will be built up, with the aim of encouraging business-academia collaborations and efficient use of funding.