University of Sheffield, UKCRIC Distributed Water Asset Infrastructure Facility

Containment cell 1200 cubic metres that can be flexibly divided to control soil and groundwater conditions around buried infrastructure with closed pipe systems (up to 6 bar) and gravity pipe systems (up to 200 l/s). Complex, cyclic surface loading (10 KN/square metre) and freeze/thaw possible. Full water quality and ancillary testing.

Type of Facility

  • Specialist Facility.


  •  Distribution, wastewater.

Type of Technologies that can be tested


Availability For Use By Others

  • Cost Of Use By Others: Full economic cost determined on a project-by-project basis.
  • Willingness To Partner: Yes.
  • Mobile Pilot Plants: No.

Services and Capacity

Flow Rate: Flow rater 0-200 l/s.

Status of the Facility

Access to Facility

  • Available to others at cost.

Additional Assets

  • Wide range of hydraulic measurement, chemical and biological analytical equipment available.

Regulatory issues / constraints

  • To be determined on a project-by-project basis.


  • HEI.
Sponsored by: Scottish HydroNation