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Understand the legal rules governing the challenge

Thank you for your interest in the More Water Less Concentrate Challenge (the “Competition”). Please know that by participating in this Competition and in accordance with these Rules you are eligible to receive various forms of recognition and a possible award of $115,000 as a Finalist and another award of $150,000 as a Winner. Additional awards from a pool of $100,000 may be made to Finalists who are not named as a Winner. The Rules governing this Competition ("RULES") are stated here as an extension of the Terms & Conditions ("TERMS") for use of this website. The full TERMS are available for your review by accessing them on this website. The RULES constitute "Competition Terms and Conditions" under Clause 2.3 of the Terms. Capitalized words used but not defined in the RULES have meanings given to them in the TERMS.Please read these RULES and the TERMS carefully, as they describe the conditions under which you are allowed to participate. As you participate, you may periodically be asked to recognize your acceptance of these RULES and the Terms by clicking "accept" at various pages on this website, but by continuing any use of this website you expressly consent to all of these RULES and the TERMS.



‍1. Eligibility‍

The Bureau of Reclamation welcomes applications from individuals, teams, and organization or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (State, Federal or Country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized.

U.S. government employees may participate so long as they are not acting within the scope of their position, rely on no facilities, access, personnel, knowledge or other resources that are available to them as a result of their employment except for those resources available to all other participants on an equal basis.

U.S. government employees participating as individuals, or who submit applications on behalf of an otherwise eligible organization, will be responsible for ensuring that their participation in the Competition is permitted by the rules and regulations relevant to their position and that they have obtained any authorization that may be required by virtue of their government position.  Failure to do so may result in the disqualification of them individually or of the entity which they represent or in which they are involved.

Registered competitors shall be responsible for the actions of and compliance with the rules by their employees, subcontractors, officers, owners, and other affiliated persons.

2. Ineligible persons or entities

Federal entities or Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to win an award.

An individual or entity that is determined to be on the GSA Excluded Parties List is ineligible to participate, receive a monetary or non-monetary award, and will not be selected as a Competition Winner.

If you/entity/team/organization are a resident or entity designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, you are not eligible. (See for additional information.)

Employees of the Bureau of Reclamation, Common Pool, RAMPIT, and any of their subsidiaries and affiliates, and immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, are not eligible.

The following Participants (including any individuals participating as part of a team or entity) are not eligible to win a monetary Award regardless of whether they meet the criteria set forth above:

  • Any (U.S.) Federal entity or (U.S.) Federal employee acting within the scope of his or her employment or otherwise be prohibited by (U.S.) Federal law (employees should consult their agency ethics officials). Scope of Employment Definition: Activities of an employee that are in furtherance of duties that are owed to an employer and where the employer is, or could be, exercising some control, directly or indirectly, over the activities of the employee.  Note: (U.S.) Federal ethical conduct rules may restrict or prohibit federal employees from engaging in certain outside activities; any federal employee not excluded under the prior paragraph seeking to participate in this Competition outside the scope of employment should consult his/her agency's ethics official prior to developing a submission;
  • Any individual or entity that used (U.S.) Federal funds to develop a submission, unless such use is consistent with the grant award, or other applicable (U.S.) Federal funds awarding document. If a grantee using (U.S.) Federal funds enters and wins this Competition, the Award monies must be treated as program income for purposes of the original grant in accordance with applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars. (U.S.) Federal contractors may not use (U.S.) Federal funds from a contract to develop a submission for this Competition; and
  • Any reviewer, members of their immediate family (spouses, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, parents, step-parents), and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in any portion of this Competition. Note: The members of an individual’s household include any other person who shares the same residence as such individual for at least three months out of the year.

3. No use of government funds

No U.S. government funds may be used to prepare your submission.

4. Distribution of an Award to a Team

If a team of individuals and/or entities is selected as a Finalist, three payments (one each of $25,000, $65,000, and $25,000) will be made to the person who registered the team and submitted the application. That person is responsible for ensuring the award funds are appropriately distributed to each member of the team. The first payment will be made upon signing of an Agreement for Finalists. The second payment will be made upon submission and acceptance of a schematic diagram of technology with detailed mass and energy balances. The third payment will be made upon submission and acceptance of a Progress Report, including a Proof of Concept.

5. Distribution of an Award to an Organization

If an organization is selected as a Finalist, three payments (one each of $25,000, $65,000, and $25,000) will be made to the person who registered the organization and submitted the application. The first payment will be made upon signing of the Agreement for Finalists. The second payment will be made upon submission and acceptance of a schematic diagram of technology with detailed mass and energy balances. The third payment will be made upon submission and acceptance of a Progress Report, including a Proof of Concept. You warrant that the appropriate officers, executives, managers, or other persons who have the authority to approve participation in this competition have approved Your Entry and You understand that these terms will be binding on both You and your Entity. Furthermore, You understand that if You enter without obtaining the appropriate approval, the Competition Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify your Entry. Finally, if an entity is selected to receive an Award, an officer or person entitled to bind the entity will be required to validate that You are entitled to receive the award on the behalf of the entity and the officer or person entitled to bind the entity must provide the appropriate information for payment of the Award.

6. Treatment and Use of Intellectual Property

Each application should reflect the anticipated ownership, use, and licensing of any intellectual property. You represent and warrant that your Entry is an original work created solely by You, that You own all Intellectual Property in and to the Entry, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Entry, except as expressly identified by You to us in writing in Your application. You retain all right, title and interest in any inventions, software or work of authorship You invent or create. The ownership and use of intellectual property arising from this competition remains with You. The Bureau of Reclamation may choose to negotiate for a right to use license for winning solutions developed as a result of the Competition.

7. Other Rules

7.1 Your application must be in English.

7.2 You must complete registration to participate in the Competition. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry to participate either individually or by representing an applicant organization. You cannot reside in nor be governed by countries that are prohibited by law, regulation (including United States or other applicable export laws and regulations), treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations (including export of technology) with the United States of America or its citizens.

7.3 Your Entry should meet the application requirements stipulated on this website. You are required to register in advance of any deadlines for the submission of an Entry, and You must comply with all other deadlines posted on this website. Your Entry may not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Bureau of Reclamation and/or RAMPIT, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. The Bureau of Reclamation reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend Competition in whole or in part without liability to You. The Bureau of Reclamation and/or RAMPIT also reserves the right to disqualify You from participating.

7.4 By participating in the More Water Less Concentrate Challenge, You represent, warrant, and agree that:

  1. You are the sole author, creator, and owner of the Entry;
  2. the Entry is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim;
  3. the Entry does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party;
  4. the Entry does not and will not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as "malware," "viruses" or "worms"); and
  5. the Entry, and Your use of the Entry, does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, including, without limitation, applicable export control laws and regulations of the United States and other jurisdictions. If the Entry includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), You must provide the Competition Sponsor with all appropriate licenses and releases for such third party works. In the event You cannot provide all such required licenses and releases, the Competition Sponsor reserves the right, in the Competition Sponsor's sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Entry.

7.5 You may participate by registering, but You may not register more than one true and uniform identity; multiple registrations for a participant using multiple identities are not allowed. The Bureau of Reclamation and/or RAMPIT reserve the right to disqualify any Entry made by a participant violating this limitation, regardless of whether all of the respective parties had knowledge of such violation. You may only submit one Entry.

7.6 The application requirements for your Entry are clearly described on this website. Your Entry will be assessed initially by five reviewers, who will be assigned to score your Entry either randomly or after considering any potential conflicts of interest, using the scoring rubric and any other evaluation criteria that are also described on this website. In cases where a reviewer indicates any potential conflict of interest, the Entry will be assigned to another reviewer. Those reviewers, each of whom is named on this website, will be responsible for scoring your Entry. The evaluation criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of the reviewer. By participating in the More Water Less Concentrate Challenge, You acknowledge and agree to be bound by the final decision of the Challenge Sponsor.

7.7 Once a rank order of Entries has been calculated, the top-scoring Entries will be reviewed by a subset of reviewers with consideration given to diversity of solutions. Up to five Competitors will be named as Finalists. Finalists will be asked to attend a demonstration event, currently scheduled for June 2022, where they will present and test their prototype. Finalists may be asked to prepare additional materials in advance or upon the date of the event or shortly thereafter. You will be required to respond to any invitations to attend any events as promptly and as clearly as possible. If a Finalist is unable to attend the demonstration, then they may forfeit their award, and the next Competitor in the rank order of Entries may be named a Finalist in their place.

7.8 The Demonstration Event Panel will be present during the demonstration period to review and discuss the Finalists’ prototypes and will determine the Winner using evaluation criteria that may be determined in advance of the demonstration event.

7.9 While RAMPIT, LLC (“RAMPIT”) is providing an online platform for your participation, RAMPIT is not responsible for the payment of any Award(s). Payment of any Award(s) is the sole responsibility of Common Pool, LLC, and its designees, and under the Terms each participant has agreed to look solely to Common Pool, LLC, for the payment of any Award.

7.10 By submitting your Entry, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Bureau of Reclamation, The Common Pool, LLC, and RAMPIT and their partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives from any Loss arising out of your participation in Competition and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any Award(s). Neither the Bureau of Reclamation, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT assume responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Neither the Bureau of Reclamation, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT are responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to competitors’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Competition. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any Competitor, an online registration will be declared as if made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.

7.11 THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Competitors agree that this Competition shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the United States of America and the forum of any dispute shall be in the courts of the United States of America.

7.12 If for any reason Competition is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of RAMPIT that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Competition, RAMPIT reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Competition. If the Bureau of Reclamation and/or RAMPIT terminates the Competition, it will not retain any rights in the submitted Entries.

7.13 The Competition Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Competitor who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the More Water Less Concentrate Challenge, to be acting in violation of these Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the More Water Less Concentrate Challenge, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person.

7.14 Entry into the More Water Less Concentrate Challenge does not constitute entry into any other Bureau of Reclamation competition, RAMPIT competition, or promotion that may be offered by the Competition Sponsor and/or its affiliates.

7.15 The Challenge Sponsor and/or RAMPIT reserves the right to disqualify any participant who violates these RULES, the Terms and any standards of behavior expressed or implied in them.

7.16 The names of the Finalists and Winner will be posted on this website for such period of time as the Competition Sponsor deems reasonable.

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