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.


Find out more about the competition and how to get involved

98 Registered Teams

  • 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.


October 2016
Prize Launch & Registration Opens
December 2016
Revised Competition Guidelines Released
April 28, 2017
Registration Deadline
May 2017
Online Team Conference
May 2017
Design Submission Deadline
January 2018
Round 1 Testing
February 2018
First Team Summit & Top 5 Teams announced
July 2018
Second Team Summit & Round 2 Testing
July 2018
Business Plan Submission Deadline
August 2018
Award and Announcement of Grand Prize Winner

Media Mentions

June 29, 2017
In a world of conflict and uncertainty, overpopulation, global warming and depletion of the planet’s resources, there are people working beyond the parameters of both imagination and currently available technology to manifest a better future on earth, with a vision that reaches far beyond our world.
June 16, 2017
It's been called the 'next oil'. In the coming decades, the supply of water has the potential to influence geopolitics, diplomacy and even conflict.
June 7, 2017
Four Australian teams will take on the Water Abundance XPRIZE, and we spoke to Hydro Harvest Operation (H2O) about how they plan to win.

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