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

Media Mentions

December 14, 2017
Engineers are competing globally to invent a device that can ease water shortages. Think of the vaporators we saw on the moisture farm where Luke Skywalker grew up in the first “Star Wars” movie.
September 22, 2017
Water: it poses one challenge after the next in the 21st Century.
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.

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