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.
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.
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InHaiti, 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.
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.
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.
Water will be brought to Latur district by trains in the next 15 days while prohibitory orders were clamped near water supply spots in Parbhani town to prevent any violence as authorities grapple with drought in the worst-hit Marathwada region of Maharashtra.
Thailand to drill 4,300 wells as drought hits hard
Almost $100m redirected for urgent construction of wells to supply drinking and washing water after lengthy shortage.
Worsening drought could prove another headache for Thailand's military government [Barbara Walton/EPA]. Thai authorities are rushing to drill thousands of wells across the country to ensure enough water for drinking and washing, as farmers grapple with a drought and a months-long water shortage.
Authorities examined the water supply and demand nationwide and decided to drill 4,300 more wells, said Suphot Tovichakchaikul, secretary of the National Water Board, which comprises water officials and is chaired by the prime minister.
An interesting athletic option of making water from air. Check out the FONTUS AIRO and FONTUS RYDE created by the inventor Kristof Retezár.
FONTUS AIRO will save you trouble, weight and might even save your life. Whether you are hiking in the mountains, camping by the forest or preparing for a survival trip in the desert, AIRO will always guarantee you a safe and smooth adventure.
FONTUS RYDE is the self filling water bottle for your bicycle. Harvest water while you are on your bike tour and stay regularly hydrated! This bottle uses the air stream you create while riding in order to support a cooler which helps to condense water from the air.
All rights belong to Kristof Retezár. (all rights reserved. Copyright 2016 Retezár. Patent pending) Both water bottles have patent pending. Development of the Fontus project is being funded by AWS (http://www.awsg.at/Content.Node/) Fontus will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in a few weeks.
MultiChill Technologies recently attended the world renowned trade show in Las Vegas to showcase it’s state of the art water making an air conditioning technologies. Attendees from all of the world where astonished by the products capabilities. While there Walter Ivison gave a presentation to the sales representatives of Capstone Turbine Corporation to showcase it’s groundbreaking CCHP and water products. By combining Capstone’s Micro-turbines with MultiChill Technologies products Capstone’s Reps can now can offer a complete renewable energy system to clients around the world.