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Theewaterskloof after the start of the winter rains...

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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 water savings target remains at 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

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.

Collect and settle backwash water.

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.

Use grey water to water plants

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:

Articles

Global workshop offers ideas on how to build a water resilient Cape Town

Global workshop offers ideas on how to build a water resilient Cape Town

100 Resilient Cities is a project which helps cities worldwide become more resilient to social, economic and climate challenges.

UCT Architecture students design water points for Imizamo Yethu residents

UCT Architecture students design water points for Imizamo Yethu residents

UCT's School of Architecture 2nd year students are doing their best to improve the lives of people in Imizamo Yethu.

Cape Town dams on 70% for the first time since 2015

Cape Town dams on 70% for the first time since 2015

Cape Town's dam levels have hit the 70% mark but experts say Capetonians still have to be cautious in their water consumption.

Easing water restrictions will put CT back on the investor map, says Wesgro CEO

Easing water restrictions will put CT back on the investor map, says Wesgro CEO

Wesgro, the WC govt's investment arm, welcomes the decision to relax water restrictions and associated tariffs from 1 October.

Plan to ease CT water restrictions sends right tourism message, says scientist

Plan to ease CT water restrictions sends right tourism message, says scientist

Cape Town's deputy mayor, Ian Neilson, announced that the city would be relaxing its water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5.

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

Alderman Ian Neilson says the City couldn't wait any longer for DWS to respond but took it upon itself to relax the restrictions.

Experts predict it could take another year to get dam levels in CT to 100%

Experts predict it could take another year to get dam levels in CT to 100%

Hydro-climatologist Piotr Wolski says although the dams are looking better it doesn't mean we should go back to our old ways.

Cape dam levels rise above 65%

Cape dam levels rise above 65%

Dam levels in Cape Town have now risen to 65.9% according to the latest figures released by the City of Cape Town on Monday.

Some Cape Town residents lose their green dot water usage status

Some Cape Town residents lose their green dot water usage status

Most Cape Town residents still saving water, but some have started upping their usage.

Western Cape told to prepare for 'another El Nino'

Western Cape told to prepare for 'another El Nino'

Scientists confirmed that another El Nino event is about to start in the tropical Pacific and experts say that it might hit WC.

Water Warriors need help getting water to needy towns across SA

Water Warriors need help getting water to needy towns across SA

South African Water Warriors still delivers water in places that are experiencing severe drought and they need water donations.

Old Mutual to help save 15 million liters of water per month

Old Mutual to help save 15 million liters of water per month

Old Mutual on Monday unveiled their water filtration plant at its head offices in Pinelands.

Clanwilliam Dam wall project back on track will double its capacity

Clanwilliam Dam wall project back on track will double its capacity

The project to increase the wall and the capacity of the dam is up and running again after numerous delays.

Cape Town desalination plants are in full swing

Cape Town desalination plants are in full swing

The three desalination plants are expected to produce 8 million litres of water a day.

Cape July rainfall below average, is that reason to worry?

Cape July rainfall below average, is that reason to worry?

The month of July seems to worry those studying weather patterns as the month has not yielded the good rains expected.

New toilet system hopes to eradicate dangerous pit toilets in schools

New toilet system hopes to eradicate dangerous pit toilets in schools

LiquidGold has designed unique gender-neutral urinate-only toilets which are 100 percent waterless and hygienic.

When water saving solutions go horribly wrong

When water saving solutions go horribly wrong

Dr Kaveh Madani looks at a water saving solution used in California which used up more water than it was saving.

DWS says that CPT dam levels will dictate if water restrictions are amended

DWS says that CPT dam levels will dictate if water restrictions are amended

‘Let’s be attentive to what the rains are doing, and then we will have a chat with water users.’ - Rashied Khan

20% drop in new arrivals to CPT due to drought publicity #DayZero

20% drop in new arrivals to CPT due to drought publicity #DayZero

The Day Zero campaign was used to create awareness locally, but was received negatively by the international community.

Grand West launches water purification plant to be completely off the grid

Grand West launches water purification plant to be completely off the grid

GrandWest GM Mervyn Naidoo says they had to come up with long term plans to handle the water crisis in Cape Town.

Smart Water Meter Challenge  saving 100 million litres of water

Smart Water Meter Challenge saving 100 million litres of water

Prof Thinus Booysen gives an update on the Smart Meter installation in WC schools and how much water has been saved.

Tourists still enjoying Cape Town, despite the drought

Tourists still enjoying Cape Town, despite the drought

Cape Town Tourism released a video of tourists sharing positive experiences in the Mother City despite water scarcity problems.

One of our biggest water issues is alien trees - Dr Emma Archer

One of our biggest water issues is alien trees - Dr Emma Archer

Water report reveals that when forests are chopped down, they disrupt regional rainfall patterns.

Can the CoCT afford to relax water restrictions this winter?

Can the CoCT afford to relax water restrictions this winter?

According to Dr Kevin Winter, the City can relax the restrictions as long as it still meets the DWS water license requirements.

If CoCT gets its way, Capetonians could see some let up of water restrictions

If CoCT gets its way, Capetonians could see some let up of water restrictions

Deputy Mayor City of Cape Town Ian Neilson says they can't relax water restrictions without getting DWS consent.

Forget desalination, first clear alien trees to save CT's water supply - expert

Forget desalination, first clear alien trees to save CT's water supply - expert

Clearing alien plants from key water catchments could yield better returns than groundwater extraction or desalination plants.

#WATERWATCH: Restrictions to be lifted when dam levels reach 85% says DWS

#WATERWATCH: Restrictions to be lifted when dam levels reach 85% says DWS

The Department of Water and Sanitation says despite recent rainfall, water restrictions in Cape Town will remain for now.

4000 informal settlements affected by Cape flooding

4000 informal settlements affected by Cape flooding

The City's Mandy Thomas says no evacuations or emergency shelter were needed during the heavy downpours.

[WATCH] Table Mountain got snow!

[WATCH] Table Mountain got snow!

These Capetonians found the snow on Table Mountain.

[WATCH] Inspiring video of latest Cape dams

[WATCH] Inspiring video of latest Cape dams

The dams are looking good and a far cry from the photos and videos that circulated in summer.

IN PICTURES: Heavy rain wreaks havoc on Cape Town, ice on roads

IN PICTURES: Heavy rain wreaks havoc on Cape Town, ice on roads

Numbers of homes experienced flooding over the weekend and Cllr Heron urges residents not to dump rubbish in storm water systems.

New Cape Town water tariffs kick in

New Cape Town water tariffs kick in

Mayco Member Xanthea Limberg explains what the new tariff structure will look like and who is likely to be affected by it.

No Day Zero for 2019 if appropriate water restrictions are maintained

No Day Zero for 2019 if appropriate water restrictions are maintained

The City of Cape Town says the taps won't be turned off in 2019.

New smart device helps families measure household water usage via mobile app

New smart device helps families measure household water usage via mobile app

GaugeIT allows consumers to engage more by providing near-real time water consumption information directly to their mobile phones.

Why the shortfall in rainfall in the WC this winter?

Why the shortfall in rainfall in the WC this winter?

Climate scientist Dr Peter Johnston explains why the Western Cape is not receiving as much rain as it should this winter.

Research probes citizens views on Cape water crisis

Research probes citizens views on Cape water crisis

The Global Water Leaders Group will present preliminary results of a study evaluating Cape Town's water crisis.

Cape dam levels on the rise, but not all clear yet

Cape dam levels on the rise, but not all clear yet

This week, the overall dam levels are at 40.9% of total storage capacity and there was an increase of 8.8 percentage points.

Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals

Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals

Lead scientists Andres Shepherd says that the Antarctica is melting at an alarming rate.

City officials handing out flood kits at informal settlements

City officials handing out flood kits at informal settlements

Philippi, Nyanga, Langa, Strand, Strandfontein, Kensington, Khayelitsha and Atlantis have all been affected by the heavy rainfall.

ALERT: WhatsApp message on 'hurricane storm' in Cape Town is fake

ALERT: WhatsApp message on 'hurricane storm' in Cape Town is fake

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Centre has been inundated with calls after a fake weather warning circulated on WhatsApp.

 CoCT amends water by-laws to hit landlords and plumbers hard

CoCT amends water by-laws to hit landlords and plumbers hard

The City's Council has voted to approve a number of proposed amendments and play a greater oversight role.

Heavy rains and strong winds expected for the WC

Heavy rains and strong winds expected for the WC

The SA Weather Service is forecasting heavy rains and strong winds in the Western Cape this Thursday and Friday.

First solar desalination plant to be built in the Western Cape

First solar desalination plant to be built in the Western Cape

The local arm of French company Turn Key Water Solutions has developed a solar desalination plant to be opened in October 2018.

More rainy days needed in CPT to recover from drought

More rainy days needed in CPT to recover from drought

Climatologist at UCT have been gauging the impact of the recent rainfall on the City of Cape Town's dam levels.

Two healthcare facilitates in CT closed after flooding

Two healthcare facilitates in CT closed after flooding

The City of Cape Town describes the damaged caused by heavy downpours and gale force winds on Thursday night.

Cape Town water crisis: not yet out of the woods, but looking promising

Cape Town water crisis: not yet out of the woods, but looking promising

Department of Water and Sanitation says the dam levels are rising positively following recent rains as more rain is expected.

De Lille lowers proposed water tariff hikes in refined budget plan

De Lille lowers proposed water tariff hikes in refined budget plan

The tariff increases have been reduced from what was initially proposed in the draft budget in March.

A silver lining to Cape Town's water woes

A silver lining to Cape Town's water woes

If Cape Town were to receive just average rainfall this winter we could enjoy a far less stressful summer.

Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Dr Kevin Winter says stormwater harvesting could be a water augmentation solution.

Bread consumption in South Africa is declining

Bread consumption in South Africa is declining

Executive Director at the South African Chamber of Baking, Geoff Penny, explains why the price of bread has declined.

'I found red worms in my rainwater tank', says Claremont local

'I found red worms in my rainwater tank', says Claremont local

Di, a CapeTalk listener, says she had her rainwater tanks installed a few months ago and hadn't been treating the water.

Water woes continue in WC this winter

Water woes continue in WC this winter

Several desalination plants in the Western Cape are not yet in operation.

City of Cape Town proposing a 55% water tariff hike

City of Cape Town proposing a 55% water tariff hike

City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson, explains the proposed water tariff hike.

Water released from Berg River Dam replenishes supply for West Coast towns

Water released from Berg River Dam replenishes supply for West Coast towns

Water was pumped into the Misverstand Dam from the Berg River Dam to help alleviate pressure from the ongoing drought.

Invasive alien vegetation a major threat to Cape dam levels - scientist

Invasive alien vegetation a major threat to Cape dam levels - scientist

Alien trees currently reduce water supply to dams by over 100 megalitres per day, says biodiversity scientist Jasper Slingsby.

Cape rains have made a slight dent on the drought says national water dept

Cape rains have made a slight dent on the drought says national water dept

Spokesperson for the Department of Water Affairs Sputnik Ratau says two good rainy seasons are needed to turn things around.

Zandvlei water area closed over high E.coli count

Zandvlei water area closed over high E.coli count

City official Julia Wood explains that high E.coli levels emanate from sewage that was flowing from a collapsed mainline sewer.

Big water users exiting the grid may mean less money in City coffers

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

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

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.