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Indah Water Research Center


Indah Water Konsortium as the national sewerage concessionaire has been committed towards active research, innovation and capacity development since IWK was established in 1994. We have collaborated with several universities and research institutions over the years on various research studies. In December 2012, Indah Water Research Centre (IWRC) was established to further strengthen the research activity in IWK through the development of environmentally sustainable solutions.


R&D and new innovations are much needed to improve sewage treatment capabilities and thus enhance the environmental health of our water resources and contributing towards sustainable development. R&D initiatives for the sewerage sector should lead to the realisation of research findings to field applications for efficiency improvement, cost savings and/or potential revenue stream and environmentally sustainable services management in Malaysia.

To execute this, industry players like IWK and similar organisations could concentrate on applied research activities that will provide practical solutions for immediate operational uptake and commercialisation. For this, we encourage universities, research institutions and the beneficiaries to jointly develop local expertise in the areas of on-site sanitation unit, collection systems, sewage treatment technology, wastewater reuse, sludge management and reuse and energy efficiency as per illustrated below.



IWRC services focus on the on applied research on future technology and innovative development of product. IWRC conducts, coordinates and facilitates research activities of IWK through in house research team and collaborative approach with strategic partners and research institutions covering the following scopes:




Five (5) IWK’s novel ideas initiated by IWK’s have now successfully filed for patent application at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). By patenting the invention, we can protect our intellectual property and further develop it for improvement and realize the commercialization value of the invention.




IWRC and more specifically Technology and Innovation Section (TIS) work plan focuses on applied research for future technology and innovative development for new product. Amongst the project to be carried out but not limited to as follows:

  • Low Carbon Wastewater Treatment System
  • Integrated/ Advance Biosolids Treatment and Handling System
  • Resource Recovery of Emerging Trend
  • Productivity and Operational Efficiency
  • Asset Reliability
  • Product Development – specialized knowledge, high quantify and high value impact
  • System Development – Leveraging on Past Experience, Simple Integration, Potential Inter-Industry Application



Physical and Chemical Analysis Laboratory utilise a range of rapid testing methods to study wastewater treatment performances whilst the Microbiology Laboratory supports R&D studies to develop microbial products for sewage treatment improvements. This laboratory is able to conduct isolation and cultivation of microbes as well as perform microscopic monitoring of sewage samples.


A Pilot Unit Section specialises in dedicated in-house studies using pilot/ lab-scale reactors to simulate plant scale conditions as well as to develop solutions and innovations in sewage treatment. A bench scale facility is also provided for university students to conduct their research studies at IWRC.


A Biosolids Research and Innovation Trial Plot is also available to carry out intensify, practical and field trials of beneficial applications of biosolids i.e. nursery planting plot and mini biocompost/ biopellens to realise the target towards Zero Disposal of Biosolids.