LAHORE - World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) on Wednesday arranged a consultative workshop on the study ‘Situation Analysis of Water Resources of Lahore’. The study is a part of WWF-Pakistan’s on-going project “City-wide partnership for sustainable water use and water stewardship in SMEs in Lahore-Pakistan” funded by European Union.

The objective of the workshop was to present findings of the study to a panel consisting of officials from Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Land Reclamation and Irrigation Department, Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), NESPAK, WASA, Nestle, Cleaner Production Institute (CPI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Government College University (GCU), and ACE. The participants were invited to give their feedback on the study. The goal of the project is to facilitate industries that are water intensive cross-sectoral small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in reducing their water consumption and pollution load through trainings and workshops.

The study is a compilation of information about the water resources of Lahore. It comprehensively captures the physical and institutional water management situation of Lahore. Furthermore, the study sheds light on the physical, institutional, regulatory and institutional challenges that the city is faced with in terms of water usage. The study provides a robust evidence base to support water stewardship activities, which is the larger goal of the project.

Dr Asad Sarwar Qureshi, Senior Environmental Expert, National Development Consultants, highlighted that since domestic sector is the major water consumer in Lahore, there is a need to reduce per capita water consumption in order to achieve water conservation. He requested government officials to step-up and shoulder the responsibility of conserving the water resources of Lahore.

Dr Ejaz Ahmed, Senior Director, WWF-Pakistan emphasized the need of city-wide partnership for a successful movement on water conservation in Lahore.

Dr Javaid Iqbal, MD WASA, expressed keen interest in a future collaboration with WWF-Pakistan on water-related issues.

Dr Yasar Abdullah, Assistant Professor, GCU Lahore, suggested re-using Lahore’s wastewater for landscaping purposes.