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Punjab tops the chart among Indian states in the availability of safe drinking water to 97.6% households, which is significantly high as compared to the national average of 77.9% (Economic Survey, 2010-11). The water is sourced from canals, tube wells and percolation wells and from hand pumps.  The water supply in urban areas has so far covered 88 urban centres (cities and towns) and reached 103.87 lakh population or 88% of the total urban population. Water is supplied through 11868 kms network of pipes, 1972 tube wells and through 354 overhead storage reservoirs (Source: Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board). Punjab has made great strides in making drinking water available to its population. However, accessibility of safe drinking water is still an issue especially in south western districts.