The Water X PRIZE

Recognition of our technology by IBM.


WATER

Grand Challenge

Globally, over 780 million people are estimated to lack access to clean water. More than 1 billion people currently live in water-scarce regions, and as many as 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025. Contamination of water resources has also contributed to a significant decline in the availability of clean water. Over 3.4 million people from across the world are estimated to die each year from water-related diseases. In order to augment currently available water resources, we need to tap into alternate resources like atmospheric extraction of water, which can potentially provide water where it is unavailable or inaccessible, by extracting it directly from the air around us. While technologies exist today for atmospheric water extraction, adoption has been poor globally due to large capital and operating costs and operational limitations. Technological innovation in this space will lead to the development of an atmospheric extraction technology that is a significant improvement over existing technologies in terms of cost, efficiency, use of renewable energy and compactness. The exponential increase in affordability and efficiency can greatly boost adoption, and create impact where it is most needed.

Draft Guidelines

The Water XPRIZE will require teams to develop a community-scale atmospheric water technology that produces at least TBD liters of clean water in 24 hours at the lowest total energy use. The Water XPRIZE aims to fundamentally transform our relationship with water by expanding our understanding of where it comes from and how to tap into it. XPRIZE hopes this prize will demonstrate to the world that access to clean drinking water is a basic human right that can finally be realized.
To find out how you can help support this XPRIZE, please email alliances@xprize.org.

The Water X PRIZE

Recognition of our technology by IBM.


WATER

Grand Challenge

Globally, over 780 million people are estimated to lack access to clean water. More than 1 billion people currently live in water-scarce regions, and as many as 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025. Contamination of water resources has also contributed to a significant decline in the availability of clean water. Over 3.4 million people from across the world are estimated to die each year from water-related diseases. In order to augment currently available water resources, we need to tap into alternate resources like atmospheric extraction of water, which can potentially provide water where it is unavailable or inaccessible, by extracting it directly from the air around us. While technologies exist today for atmospheric water extraction, adoption has been poor globally due to large capital and operating costs and operational limitations. Technological innovation in this space will lead to the development of an atmospheric extraction technology that is a significant improvement over existing technologies in terms of cost, efficiency, use of renewable energy and compactness. The exponential increase in affordability and efficiency can greatly boost adoption, and create impact where it is most needed.

Draft Guidelines

The Water XPRIZE will require teams to develop a community-scale atmospheric water technology that produces at least TBD liters of clean water in 24 hours at the lowest total energy use. The Water XPRIZE aims to fundamentally transform our relationship with water by expanding our understanding of where it comes from and how to tap into it. XPRIZE hopes this prize will demonstrate to the world that access to clean drinking water is a basic human right that can finally be realized.
To find out how you can help support this XPRIZE, please email alliances@xprize.org.

In Haiti, about 200,000 families (1 million people) have been affected by drought conditions since the beginning of 2015

In Haiti, about 200,000 families (1 million people) have been affected by drought conditions since the beginning of 2015, especially in Sud-Est, Nord-Ouest and Artibonite regions. These prolonged conditions are aggravating the situation of 3.8 million food-insecure people in the country.


http://reliefweb.int/disaster/dr-2015-000091-hti

21 Of The World’s Largest Aquifers Have Passed Their Sustainability Tipping Points

The latest data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites has revealed that 21 of the world's largest aquifers in locations from India to China and Australia have passed their sustainability tipping points. Meaning more water is removed than replaced during a decade long study 2003-2013.
 
Included in the list is the Canning aquifer which extends from North of Broome, down to Port Headland and 1000 kilometres inland.
There is not an infinite water supply said NASA’s senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti.
 
Groundwater basins in distress in USA and Canada and throughout the world. http://go.nasa.gov/1HRoYZs






Vietnam hit by worst drought in nearly a century.

Months of below-average rainfall have conspired to produce the worst drought in Vietnam in the best part of 100 years.



Vietnam has suffered $6.7 billion in damage from its 2016 drought, which has hit farmers especially hard in the crucial southern Mekong Delta. This cost is approximately 4% of Vietnam's GDP, and beats the $785 million cost (2009 USD) of Typhoon Ketsana of September 28, 2009 for most expensive disaster in their history. In this image, we see a boy holding his brother walking across a drought-hit rice field in Long Phu district, southern delta province of Soc Trang on March 2, 2016.
Here are the nations that have set records in February 2016 for their most expensive weather-related natural disaster in history.