Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi of Lahore High Court directed the Punjab secretary for housing & urban development to come up with suggestions on how to stop wastage of clean drinking water today (Tuesday). On Monday, the housing & urban development secretary appeared before court and sought time to submit in detail the plans of the government to save water. The judge expressed dismay over the secretary’s request and inquired whether the planning of the government would complete by year 2050. The judge remarked that all the resources would be utilised to save water. He also warned that the charges would be levied on car service stations for using clean water. The judge observed that cases related to the safety and life of the citizens would now be heard on day to day basis. Abdullah Malik of Civil Society Network had moved the petition. Petitioner Counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique submitted that clean drinking water was decreasing for the citizens but even the government was wasting precious water. He said that the Parks & Horticulture Authority washed all main roads of the city and watered plants with clean water and vehicles were also being washed at private service stations with clean water. He said that in this way, heavy quantities of clean water were being wasted by the government and private persons when they had the option to use recycled water. He sought directions to save clean drinking water for human use. Published in Daily Times, September 18th 2018.