Take a look and listen to the range of articles below covering all aspects of the water shortage and ways you can help...
Here is the latest water report from the City of Cape Town.
Though recent rains have upped most dams around the country to nearly full capacity, the Cape is still in the midst of a severe water shortage.
The new savings target is 50 liters per person, per day.
Find out all about what can be done to alleviate the crisis and what you can do to help.
This feature contains a collection of articles that provide useful information, hints and tips.
It's a good idea to read your water meter every day.
To view the comparison to previous rainfall as illustrated in the image above visit the UCT interactive graph of rainfall in the City for the last 30 years.
Report water abuse
- Call 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water related faults)
- SMS 31373 (max of 160 characters)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org _(water restriction offences only)
Tips to use less water...
Reduce the amount of water in your cistern - add a brick or bottle filled with water.
Remember to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
Use military showers - a method of showering that allows for significant conservation of water and energy by turning off the flow of water in the middle part of your shower while soaping up.
Install a pool cover.
Use washing machine and dishwasher only when fully loaded and check dishwasher and washing machine for eco mode
Shower instead of bathing...find out why it's a great idea!
Install a flow-reducing shower-head
Install a wellpoint or borehole (all wellpoints and boreholes must be registered)
Insulate water pipes and check for leaks
Install aerators on your taps
Mulch plants - retains moisture and protects them from the heat
Tips to re-use water...
Collect water from the shower as it warms up, and save in a bucket.
Collect grey water from shower s, baths and washing machines, and use grey water to fill toilet cisterns. Collect rinse water from the washing machine and use for the first wash in next load.
Add a small container to your sink to collect rinse water from fruit and vegetable and install water harvesting on drainpipes to collect rain water.
Here is the full list of Cape water restrictions
See all the articles below:
Big water users exiting the grid may mean less money in City coffers
Cape Town Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says there have been almost 30 000 comments on proposed 27% water tariff of hike.
City responds to Langa family left without water for two weeks
The City of Cape Town apparently installed a water management device on 6 April, and the family had no running water as a result.
Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall
Climate expert, Piotr Wolski, says the city will know towards the end of May whether 2018 is a good or bad year.
Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero
Government has put plans in place to prevent the Misverstand Dam from running dry in a week's time.
Ladismith is not experiencing Day Zero - WC govt
The Western Cape government has disputed claims that the town of Ladismith in the Central Karoo is only a few days from Day Zero.
Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain
Wattapac is a water-saving bladder and pump designed to help plumbers save as much as 1 000 litres of water a day.
EPL Picks: Spurs look to thwart City's title celebrations
With a handful of games remaining in the English Premier League the league continues with Manchester City looking to wrap the title.
Magnetic paint manufacturer drives water education for poorer kids
Mike McLennan, MagWall's creative director, says the play-kits can be used as a platform for expanding creative play.
'CT residents billed for water management devices when they ignore restrictions'
Some locals have complained about the involuntary installation, which costs them R4000 each. Councillor Xanthea Limberg explains.
Cape April rainfall could predict levels for the year
Scientists predict if W Cape gets above normal rainfall by end of April, it will likely have above normal rainfall for the year.
CoCT justifies proposed tariff hikes
Cape Town residents to be hit hard as the City proposes an increase in tariffs.
Water-smart projects in WC nominated for annual eco awards
The Eco-Logic Awards identify individuals, organisations and communities in SA that are helping create a sustainable world.
Spike in water use in CT following Day Zero denouncement
This World Water Day, Kieno Kammies gets the latest on the water crisis in Cape Town.
Water Files: 'We MUST protect our natural water resources' - WWF
WWF's Christine Colvin speaks to Africa Melane about the importance of taking good care natural water resources.
Augmented water supplies will have to wait, as thieves plunder drilling sites
“We urge residents to partner with us if they’re aware of any irregular activity,” says City of Cape Town’s Xanthea Limberg.
Virgin Active reports 61% drop in municipal water use over two years
Virgin Active will soon roll out grey water systems across all its clubs. This is expected to further drop municipal consumption.
Fact Check: How many litres does it take to produce one litre of bottled water?
Africa Check interrogates how much water goes into producing a 1 litre bottle.
Smart water device 'Dropula' installed in 173 schools in WC - saving over R2m
The smart water saving device has helped schools save up to 3 million litres of water and 2.17 million rand
R5m worth of CoCT assets targeted by vandals and thieves
According to Councillor Xanthea Limberg, R5 million worth of assets have been stolen at drilling sites in the Cape Flats.
SA loses a third of its precious, dwindling water supply to leaky infrastructure
Ray White interviews Professor Anthony Turton (Centre for Environmental Management at University of Free State).
Living the waterless life: on personal hygiene and saving bath water
WWF's Christine Colvin answers questions around hygiene, sharing bath water and other alternative ways to bathe.
Water Files: Praise for WC over plans to deal with water crisis
The Western Cape's disaster management team is applauded for its work around the water crisis.
R6b earmarked to deal with 'national disaster' drought crisis
Government’s Drought and Water Scarcity Inter-Ministerial Task Team has officially declared a national state of disaster.
Scientist attributes Western Cape drought to climate change
Dr Kevin Winter says the drought in the Western Cape and the rest of SA could be the first signs of weather patterns changing.
No strong case to sue City of Cape Town over Day Zero, says law firm
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright answers various legal questions relating to the water crisis, including rights of residents.
Blogger to publish book of curated water tips from locals
Helen Moffett's upcoming book, titled '1001 Water-wise Ways', will be published by independent South African publisher, Bookstorm.
Why Cape Town's Day Zero was postponed
Water researcher Kevin Winter looks at the reasons the Province has outlined for the push back and what Capetonians need to do.
[WATCH] John Maytham: Water crisis fake? I don't think so!
John responds caustically to listener Chris's postulation that the DA faked the entire Cape Town water crisis.
CoCT responds to complaints about defective water meters
Residents of Bontheuwel claim the new, blue water meters are faulty, and some people say they haven't had water for days.
Polokowane City escape drop zone with Celtic win
The win for Polokwane City sees them rise to 11th on the log, three points clear of the drop zone, whilst Bloemfontein Celtic remain in 9th, below Wits on goal difference.
[LISTEN] Water crisis meeting disrupted in Bontheuwel
Kieno Kammies asks Councillor why activist group interrupted a public meeting on Sunday.
Capetonians stave off Day Zero
Mayco member Xanthea Limberg, says water consumption has dropped drastically, pushing Day Zero to August, if there's no rain..
Deputy mayor: Level 6B water restrictions will remain in place until winter
Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Neilson explains that residents will have to continue saving water to keep Day Zero at bay.
Water Files: What Cape Town can learn from other drought-hit cities
Conservation experts have looked at other cities in the world which have experienced water crisis.
CT Cycle Tour sources 3 million litres of water to keep event off municipal grid
Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, David Bellairs says they have managed to secure 3 million litres of water for the event.
#Water Crisis Update:The tenant-landlord relationship, what's legal, what's not?
The relationship between tenant and landlord in a water crises are explored.
Water entrepreneurs invited to join business incubator programme
Fetola has launched a Groundswell Programme for entrepreneurs with products or services that can address environmental challenges.
Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital ready for Day Zero
The WC hospital has installed a R2.5 million water filtration system.
Water Files: Desalination as a viable option for Cape Town's water problems
Christine Colvin tackles the pros and cons of desalination in the World Wildlife Fund Wednesday Water File.
Plans underway to extract last 10% of Theewaterskloof Dam
The DWS is hoping to start pumping the water from March 13
Challenging times for new Water Minister
Expert says Cape Town could see water restrictions carry in to 2019
Water leak leaves Southern Suburbs residents high and dry
The City’s Water and Sanitation Department says a leaking water main in Philippi has caused outages in surrounding areas.
City of Cape Town rakes in over R600 000 from water wasters
Director of Law Enforcement, Robbie Roberts, is appealing to the public to report water wasters.
"Restaurants are obligated to provide you with tap water" - Fedhasa
Jeff Rosenberg, Fedhasa Cape chairperson talks about CT restaurants refusing patrons free tap water.
Capetonians can ditch queues and get water delivered straight to their doorstep
Picup SA offers a same-day water delivery service to homes and businesses in Cape Town.
Test Kitchen redesigns operations into 'Drought Kitchen' to save water and jobs
Award-winning chef Luke Dale-Roberts explains how they've ensured no job losses and continued operations during the tough drought.
CT Science Centre bringing together brilliant minds to address water crisis
Everyone is invited to take part in a Hackathon designed to address Cape Town's drought.
CoCT: Glitch means some residents face higher water bills
Officials say it is the result of a new metering system introduced in January.
How ‘Hippo Roller’ eased a burden and became a phenomenon
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Hippo Water Roller Project CEO Grant Gibbs.
Water Files: Businesses must have action plan for Day Zero
This week's WWF Wednesday Water Files focuses on how local businesses can survive Day Zero.
'Cape aquifer drilling will have negative impact on rare fynbos'
Adam West of UCT's Biological Sciences Dept says we should proceed with due caution if we are looking to exploit that resource.
Cape Town British Consulate denies asking for water usage exemptions
British Consulate-General Edward Roman says it did not request 'Day Zero' exemptions and is in complete support of the City.
SA Tourism CEO: Western Cape tourism is open for business despite water shortage
Sisa Ntshona says it is important to reassure 'customers' that the same levels of service will be available to them.
Final Day Zero judgment call to be made by end March - JP Smith
The City of Cape Town says there are no foreign consulates who have asked for exemption from the water restrictions.
Water and Sanitation Dept kicks off #SaveWater campaign in Cape Town
The department is encouraging all South Africans to keep saving water as parts of country grapple with one of the worst droughts.
WWF Water Files: Power of pulling together
WWF's Christine Colvin shares ways in which communities can unite and have conversations around saving water in a drought.
'Boreholes have no major impact on groundwater resources'
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews South African National Bottled Water Association Chairperson John Weaver.
'New Day Zero projection doesn't factor water supply from Palmiet-Kogelberg dam'
Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson explains the factors which have been taken into consideration to determine the new Day Zero, 4 June.
[READ] City of Cape Town: Day Zero moves to 4 June
Read Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson's statement crediting Capetonians water saving and generous farmers with the date push back.