Challenge Overview

Prize Overview

The Water Abundance XPRIZE is a $1.75 million competition, challenging teams to alleviate the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air. Teams will revolutionize access to fresh water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100% renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.

The Water Abundance XPRIZE will create decentralized access to water, giving people the power to access fresh water, whenever and wherever they need it.

The need for this Prize

Water is a key element of life on our planet. More than 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, yet over 780 million people in 43 countries are facing water scarcity due to lack of availability, uneven distribution and access, and contamination. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will be living in areas with absolute water scarcity, with 2/3 of the global population living under water stressed conditions.

While opportunities exist to augment currently available fresh water resources, including desalination and wastewater treatment, these approaches have been environmentally destructive and expensive thus far.

With over 3 quadrillion gallons of water in the atmosphere, or enough to meet the needs of every person on the planet for a year, atmospheric extraction could revolutionize access to fresh water, generating fresh water where it is currently unavailable or inaccessible.

What You Can Do To Cause A Breakthrough

  • Design a revolutionary solution that can extract large amounts of fresh water from the atmosphere using no fossil fuel-based energy. 

  • Register your team now by clicking "SUBMIT MY IDEA"

How to participate in the Challenge?

To participate in Water Abundance XPRIZE, please visit http://water.xprize.org

Prize Guidelines

To view Prize Guidelines, please visit http://water.xprize.org/about/guidelines

Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive a notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the XPRIZE challenge site often to review updates.

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