NEW DELHI, Oct. 15 -- The coastal state ofGoahas become the first state in the country to provide 100% piped tap water connections to rural households. The state had set piped drinking water using local sources and with infrastructure built under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) as its priority.

Experts say the relatively small size of the state, availability of water, and awareness among residents are the advantages Goa enjoys.

A central government scheme, Jal Jeevan Mission, announced last year, aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024. InGoa, 2.30 lakh rural households have been covered under the scheme.

Goahad included piped water supply by 2021 in its annual action plan. For 2...