The Tampara wetland is of key importance to many communities in the coastal area of the eastern India state Odisha. However, human activity in the wetland put the water security for tens of thousands of people at risk. Awareness-raising by the Watershed Empowering Citizens programme increased the understanding of the people of Kanamana Panchayat living near the wetland on where their water is coming from. This has opened the way for improved water resource management. Backed by evidence, communities can now confidently take water issues forward and advocate for change with their government.