Centre for Research & Innovation for Groundwater Infiltration underway


posted on 2015/11/30

The Centre for Research and Innovation for Groundwater Infiltration into Urban Infrastructure – an Atkins partnership with the University of Birmingham, Imperial College London and the British Geological Survey - have concluded the year with a successful workshop to kick start the 5 year research programme.


​The inaugural workshop held at the end of November in Epsom was attended by over 50 representatives from across the industry including water companies, local authorities, the Environment Agency, the GLA and TfL – all keen to be involved in the progress of this partnership research centre. 

The Centre is focused on addressing the issues associated with sewerage infrastructure where water seeping through cracked pipes is estimated to account for 40% of flow in the network. This costs the water industry millions of pounds a year and significantly reduces sewer capacity, damages infrastructure, causes a challenge for operatives and deteriorates receiving water quality and ecosystem services. 

The workshop took a participative approach and sought to engage the views of the influential attendees to help steer the direction of the research programme. 

The Centre will continue to report the outcomes throughout the course of the 5 year research programme via this website. 

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