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Water Resource Recovery Prize

The Water Resource Recovery Prize is a two-phase competition that offers up to $1 million in cash prizes and is designed to develop innovative, cutting-edge water treatment technology system configurations and business plans that will help lower the ultimate cost of treatment by extracting additional value from wastewater.

U.S. Department of Energy

Total Cash Prizes Offered: Up to $1,000,000
Type of Challenge: Technology demonstration and hardware
Submission Start: 01/29/2020 11:00AM ET
Submission End: 05/28/2020 5:00 PM ET


Key Dates:

Phase I Submission Open: Jan. 29, 2020

  • Phase I Submission Close: May 28, 2020
  • Phase I Winner Announcement: Jun. 29, 2020
  • Phase II Submission Open: Sep. 9, 2020
  • Phase II Submission Close: Sep. 9, 2021
  • Phase II Winner Announcement: Oct. 29, 2021 (anticipated)


Phase I: As many as ten winners selected in Phase I will receive up to $50,000. Phase II: No more than two winners selected in Phase II will receive $250,000 in cash prizes.


The rules for the Water Resources Recovery Prize can be found here:


Judging Criteria

Please review the official rules for the judging criteria here:

How to Enter

Competitors can enter on the HeroX platform: