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.


Meet the official finalist teams that are moving forward in the $1.75M competition. Stay tuned for updates, learn who they are and about their technologies.

Finalist 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
May 2017
Online Team Conference
May 2017
Design Submission Deadline
January 2018
Round 1 Testing
March 2018
Top 5 Teams Announced
September & October 2018
Round 2 Testing
July 2018
Business Plan Submission Deadline
November 2018
Award and Announcement of Grand Prize Winner

Media Mentions

March 31, 2018

Can you pluck fresh, clean drinking water out of thin air? The Water Abundance XPRIZE has shortlisted five companies that think they can. After kicking off with the literal moonshot prize back in 2004, the XPRIZE foundation tries to solve global problems that industry sees no profit in.

March 25, 2018

Teams who are coming up with proposed solutions to a global water crisis have moved up to the next stage of the $1.75 million Water Abundance XPRIZE, and the grand prize winner will be made known on August 18.

March 23, 2018

A pioneering University of Newcastle research team that has developed technology to produce drinking water from thin air is preparing to showcase its revolutionary work on the world stage.

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