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CREATING WATER FROM THIN AIR
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.
- Half of the global population lives in areas where water tables are rapidly falling.
- There are over 3 quadrillion gallons of untapped water in the atmosphere, or enough to meet the needs of every person on the planet for a year.
- By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity.
The availability of safe water is essential for health. But in the island states that neighbour Australia, being surrounded by water does not mean that safe water is available. In fact, only 1 percent of the earth’s water resources can be used for human consumption.