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Indicators of Water Innovation: Information Tool

Showing the true level of innovation

Innovation in the water sector is not just about water company R&D; innovation is broader, bigger and happening in a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations across the whole water sector. However, unlike other sectors, information on this activity has not historically been readily available making it very difficult to answer questions such as: Who are the innovators? What are the benefits of innovation? How does innovation in the UK water sector compare to other countries and how does the water sector compare to other sectors?

This on-line tool, commissioned by the Water Sector Innovation Leadership Group and managed on their behalf by UKWIR, presents the information required to answer these questions in the form of a dataset of indicators of water innovation. Currently an initial first sight at a national level is presented but over time the data set will build to allow progress to be monitored and a true measure of innovation captured to allow comparison across international and sectorial boundaries. The summary report describing the development of the tool is available here

Indicators of innovation

The contractor for the project, WRc, is gathering data from a wide range of organisations within the UK Water Sector. These include: the water companies, regulators, Government, research councils, TSB, third sector organisations, supply chain, large water users and venture capital companies. Indicators within the following four areas are being used.


This information quantifies the level of investment in innovation, the activity and the resulting outcomes. This information has never before been collated for the water sector and has the potential to influence government and change the perceptions of innovation.