SHEFFIELD EXPANDS TO BECOME THE LARGEST URBAN WATER RESEARCH GROUP IN THE UK

Established in 2001, the Pennine Water Group (PWG) was an alliance between academics at the Universities of Bradford and Sheffield dedicated to urban water systems research. On 1 September 2013 it became one group based at the University of Sheffield, making it the largest urban water research group in any UK University.

Joby Boxall from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield said: 'The Pennine Water Group has achieved great things,  the most notable of which is successfully attaining an unprecedented third EPSRC Platform Grant, the only water research group to do so'.

The PWG is an established leading authority in water and environmental sustainability due to the diversity and scope of activities. The Prediction and control of Discolouration in Distribution Systems (PODDS) project now entering its fifth phase started out small but has since grown into a consortium, jointly funded, helping industry find solutions and assisting delivery service improvements.

The University already has an established position in water-related research; PWG member Joby Boxall leads in a £1million EPSRC research grant for 'Pipe Dreams', a multidisciplinary approach to tackling the UK's aging water network. The University has also recently secured an EPSRC grant alongside six other universities for 'Assessing the Underworld', which looks at changing how street works are carried out and ways to improve underground asset management.

As the Pennine Water Group becomes exclusively based in Sheffield it will see the University substantially expand its capacity for research in the field. It will also enable increased interdisciplinary collaborations, not only amongst the existing group but also with other academics in Sheffield, particularly in social sciences. 

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