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Ayyappa Masagi
OccupationFounder of Water Literacy Foundation

Ayyappa Masagi[1] is an Indian engineer who founded the Water Literacy Foundation.[2] He is known as "Water Magician," "Water Gandhi," and "Water Doctor," due to his non-profit work.[3] The Water Literacy Foundation focuses on water conservation projects across India, providing a wide range of solutions to India's water scarcity problem.

Personal life

Ayyappa Masagi was born in the small village of Gadag-Betageri, Karnataka. In his childhood, he faced acute water shortages, having to walk for hours with his mother to fetch water from the nearest stream bed. His passion for water conservation started because of this and grew as he gained relevant knowledge from his parents as well as research about water and agriculture. After graduating, he worked for Larsen & Toubro for 23 years as a mechanical engineer.[4] Wanting to pursue his passion for helping India's growing water scarcity issue, he quit his job and founded the Water Literacy Foundation.

Published work

Masagi authored Bhageeratha: War on Water Crisis, Converting Dry Land into Wet Land, where he discusses his own life experiences with water issues and project work with the Water Literacy Foundation. The book also explains different techniques to save and recharge our water.[5]


  1. ^ Nikesh, Thapaliya (March 2011). "The Water Warrior: Ayyappa Masagi harvesting every drop of water to save India". Youth Leader India. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Our Story". Retrieved 2023-01-27.
  3. ^ Garcia, Meryl (2016-03-05). "India's Water Warrior Has a Solution for India's Droughts. The Best Part - We Can Play a Role Too!". The Better India. Retrieved 2023-01-27.
  4. ^ Badhri, Jagannathan. "Interview: Ayyappa Masagi of Water Literacy Foundation". ThinkChange India. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. ^ Ayyappa, Masagi (2012). Bhageertha. India: Water Literacy Foundation.