Grand Challenge for Water

The EPSRC-funded Grand Challenge Centre for Water, comprising 6 UK universities and 100+ industrial partners working in collaboration to develop the sustainable water solutions of the future and to accelerate innovation uptake across the water sector.

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Research themes are exploring disruptive innovation for the future of water systems, including novel point-of-need treatment options at different scales, water/energy synergies incorporating renewable energy at neighbourhood scale, autonomous robotic pipe inspection systems, dual-purpose rainwater harvesting and surface water management, real-time water quality monitoring for drinking water treatability in catchments, customer mobilisation to deliver water benefits, collaboration for innovation, and futures thinking approaches. This research is integrated within a collaborative open innovation framework, the TWENTY65 Water Innovation Hub, to spark creative solutions and accelerate uptake of innovation across the entire water sector.



Project Dates

Start Date : 25/01/2016
End Date : 24/01/2021 



People Involved

Professor Joby Boxall
Dr Richard Collins
Professor Martin Mayfield
Dr Alma Schellart
Dr Vanessa Speight
Professor Virginia Stovin
Professor Simon Tait

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