The Water Environment Federation Announces Partnership With XPRIZE Water Scarcity


About 70% of our planet is covered in water, yet everyone on Earth is experiencing some form of water stress; right now, only 0.5% of water is available to support 8 billion people. XPRIZE Water Scarcity is a $119 million, 5-year prize designed to drive widespread access to clean water by creating reliable, sustainable, and affordable seawater desalination solutions.


80% of the global population suffers from serious threats to water supply, and by 2030, we will lack 40% of the water needed to meet global needs. Traditional desalination methods are unaffordable to low- to medium-income countries, face increasing threats to operations from pollution and climate change, and drive negative environmental impacts, making them an unsustainable solution to mitigating water scarcity.

XPRIZE Water Scarcity Breakthrough

Create reliable, sustainable, and affordable seawater desalination solutions that unlock access to Earth’s ocean water year round and increase clean water access globally.

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