Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani on Friday directed the authorities to work out a strategy for water conservation and said emergent measures are needed to overcome water shortage in the country.

Presiding over a meeting at Civil Secretariat, the chief secretary ordered the managing director of water and sanitation agency (WASA) Lahore to prepare a model for making rainwater useable.

He said that building by-laws regarding construction of tanks for storage of rainwater in houses be enforced. He mentioned that plenty of water is wasted due to its irrational use, adding that there is a need to enhance awareness among people regarding water conservation.

He asked the director general of Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) to form committees comprising locals to look after parks and ensure water saving there so that they could work devotedly with a sense of partnership.

He ordered the authorities to make service stations bound to install recycling plants to save water, besides discouraging issuance of NOCs for new service stations.

He remarked that drip and sprinkler system should be used as much as possible for irrigation purposes. The meeting was attended by Secretary Housing, Secretary Law, MD WASA, DG PHA and officers concerned.