Sri Ayyappa Masagi a Person with devotion to water harvesting with his organization Water Literacy Foundation has contributed a lot for the easement of lives through water conversation, Rain water Harvesting and water reuse etc., at different parts of Karnataka.
As Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate at Bagalkot I used his services for educating the Officers of different departments for appropriate usage of water and to make them to understand the proper balance between water usage and water replenishment
Dr. D S. Vishwanath
Deputy Commissioner & District Magistrate
I am very happy with the speed and quality of work for the RWH completed for my house. The service was very professional, especially liked the way Praveen kept me updated on the time the workers would come and kept me informed if there was any delay.
Also, was pleasantly surprised to hear from Praveen that the bill amount was lesser than estimated, I told him this is the first time have been charged lesser than initially estimated. This is the kind of transparency and openness which l wish all of the service organization can have.
Kudos to the team of Water Literacy foundation!
Water literacy Foundation looks at every terrain whether urban or rural as a hunting ground to try out many different techniques. With Masagi’s knowledge and understanding of the formation of land and the many different methods that he has created or adapted, WLF is able to formulate a unique solution to each place. In rural areas WLF puts a comprehensive set of water management strategies in the hands of farmers creating drought prone areas into green belts. Besides education and awareness building, WLF demonstrates effective strategies for reclaiming wells and building water enclosures, helping neighbors work together with local materials to keep costs low. Through these efforts farmers become self-sufficient, increasing their income and dramatically reducing their dependence on external sources of water.
Director Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur Program
On behalf of the owner's association, I would like to place on record, our appreciation for the perfect and most professional manner the project was executed.
The contribution of Mr. Praveenkumar towards technical inputs, lay out, the estimated budget and particularly the advice to the executing team for economical use of consumables, which has considerably brought down the final cost of the project, was very well received and appreciated by all the members of our association. His initiation to get us a certificate from BWSSB for the implementation is also commendable. And your team of skilled workmen under the leadership of Mr.Veeresh has also done a very efficient and throughout satisfying job of the RWH installation at our premises.
E. Edwin Jayaraj
Sri Sri Shruthi Apartments Owner's Association
Water is an important resource and it is growing more scarce and costly everyday. Akshaya Patra is no more buying water from the outside sources. We can completely meet our needs from the water collected through rainwater harvesting. This saves us around one million Rupees a year. Since we are constantly trying to make the provision of a healthy midday meal less costly per student—at first it was 7 Rupees per student, then 3—as well as meet our goal of feeding 1 million students by 2010, these water savings are very important.
General Manager, TAPF Hubli – Dharwad Branch
My son read an article of yours in the newspaper and we got interested in it. Mr. Yallappa had come for the installation at my residence, we were happy about the results.
The mechanism used is very simple and any one can operate it. He was very fast during implementation and clean in his work. He explained us in detail about Rain water harvesting, the filter and its maintenance which any house wives can understand and follow After one month, he came to our house for a general visit and we were impressed by this. Hope your project will help many people to preserve the nature's gift.
WLF’s Director, Mr. Ayyappa Masagi, is a Fellow, and have been supporting their work through grants as well as other institutional resources for the past two years. I am continually impressed by the organization’s ability to elicit real change in the water supply (and, consequently, the livelihoods) of the people with whom they work. The changes in water table level are definitively increased across the board, not only saving thousands of liters of water, but also substantially improving the lives of people—through saving industries vast sums of money that used to go towards the import of water, as well as by enabling farmers to cultivate increased acres of land on their plots, diversify crops grown on those plots, and improving the quality of the crops harvested.
Executive Director Deshpande Foundation
We have a 90 year old house and wanted to install Rain Water Harvesting.
Mr. Ayyappa Masagi and Mr. Praveenkumar visited our house and recommended the Rain Water Harvesting system to recharge our borewell.
Mr. Praveenkumar and his team completed the work in 2 days as promised. The work done is excellent and we are happy with their professional approach.
Mr. Ayyappa Masagi is very passionate about Rain Water Harvesting and its importance in our concrete jungle. I wish more Bangaloreans adopt Rain Water Harvesting and help provide water for present and future generations
K T Mallikarjuna
BBC: 'I want to train more water warriors'
Ayyappa Masagi has a simple message: "You want water? Call me!" Thousands have. And his phone rings dozens of times a day. There appears to be an endless supply of patients for the man nicknamed India's "Water Doctor".
The Guardian: 'Borewells run dry? Crops failing? The Water Doctor will see you now!'
Masagi’s concept to capture flood water is simple: collect, filter and store rainwater underground. “Today, most farm lands are flat and when rain falls, water doesn’t stay; the surface soil can only absorb a little amount of water,” he says. “We cannot trap all rainwater, but just capturing 20% would make the farmers self-sufficient.”
The New Indian Express: 'The water paladin who catches every drop of rain.'
“While my urban and industry focus gives me a small margin, the rural segment is my social responsibility. While NABARD, Swiss aid, Deshpande foundation etc have been supporting me, I started Rain Water Concepts India Limited in 2008 with the objective of water freedom for all as it is not a commodity but a resource."
The Times of India: 'Warrior who harvests water using simple solutions'
"Water, water, everywhere," is the motto by which Ayyappa Mahadevappa Masagi lives. When it's believed that the next world war will be fought over water, at a micro level in Bangalore, people working for the water utility are roughed up by consumers who haven't seen a drop of water trickle from their taps in days. Says Masagi, "Who said there's a water crisis? We have plenty of water, even in Bangalore. It's just that we haven't been looking at the available, easy solutions."