A £3.7m investment has been announced to enable researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Sheffield Water Centre, which contains the UK’s largest urban water research group, to develop new, mroe scientific ways to better manage distributed water infrastructure.
The University of Sheffield will host the ‘Distributed Urban Water Infrastructure’ facility as part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities - a consortium of 14 major UK universities collaborating on all aspects of infrastructure, from road and rail to water and power.
This new, world-leading facility will enable researchers from throughout the UK to investigate and develop innovative ways to tackle the UK’s deteriorating distributed water infrastructure. These full scale facilities, will be used to study water and sewer pipes and ancillary structures to investigate deterioration and failure mechanisms, in-pipe biological, chemical and physical processes, flooding, and corrosion processes.
The new facility will be located next to the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. It will also deliver translational research and development to accelerate and broker long-term collaboration between water utilities and technology providers.