Take a look and listen to the range of articles below covering all aspects of the water shortage and ways you can help...
The Cape is in the midst of a severe water shortage.
The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has fallen to below 35%.
The new savings target is 700 million litres of collective use 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.
Report water abuse
- Call 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water related faults)
- SMS 31373 (max of 160 characters)
- Email email@example.com _(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:
Growthpoint Properties reduces water consumption #WaterWatch
Big business is using grey water systems to save water and reduce costs.
Even I use a bucket when taking a shower - Helen Zille
The water challenge in the WC was discussed in the State of the Province Address. Premier Zille encouraged residents to save water
Govt explains why it’s not considering dredging of dams to increase storage
Is it viable to dredge the Cape’s dams – while levels are low – to increase their storage capacity?
De Lille to name and shame water guzzlers #WaterWatch
Over 20 000 people using over 50 000 l/month have been identified and admission of guilt fines will be made public on Monday.
Eek! Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille goes door-to-door to scold water-wasters
Water wasters, beware! The Cape Town Mayor has had enough of you. And she’ll tell you in your face…
Dam levels drop to 36, 2% this past week and water use increases #Waterwatch
From 13th of February 2017, dam levels have dropped to 36, 2%, which is 1, 2% down from a week ago. Listen to the latest update.
Steenberg saves water to make wine #WaterWatch
Steenberg Wine Estate invests in innovative technology to monitor water usage.
Capetalker complains building contractor using potable water
City's Xanthea Limberg explains why Strata Civils granted permission to use potable water to compact ground before laying cement.
V&A Waterfront sucks it up and uses sea water to keep cool #WaterWatch
Find out how this iconic tourist attraction the V&A Waterfront is using sea water in its air conditioning system.
[WATCH] Preschoolers pumped to sprinkle playground with grey water #WaterWatch
Watch this adorable video of water-wise preschoolers from Kids Company using washing water to green the school lawns.
Why cloud seeding to enhance rain will not work for W Cape #WaterWatch
It is possible to get water from the clouds, but weather expert says Western Cape frontal systems makes this unconducive.
Cape hospitality groups cut back on splashy habits to save water
Some hotel establishments in the Mother City have cut back on changing and washing linen every day in an effort to save water.
Preschool kids nifty recycling water project reaps rewards
Kids Company children carry buckets of water otherwise wasted from hand washing to water the lawn.
WaterWatch: Time has come to make far bolder plans
"Behaviour change is needed to deal with climate change." - National Department of Water Affairs in WC
[Watch ]Kieno Kammies visits the Steenbras Water Treatment Plant #WaterWatch
Take a look at how water moves from the dams to eventually become high-quality drinking water in your tap.
Cape hotels curtail water usage as dam levels drop #WaterWatch
Tsogo Sun's Cape Town hotels meet water-saving targets, thanks to low pressure showers, flow restriction and good communication.
Cape mosque and salon on water-saving wave as level 3B restrictions kick in
The City of Cape Town's level 3B water restrictions are now in full force and local establishments are doing their part to save.
Water-waster receives police warning #WaterWatch
A Bloubergstrand guest house owner got a police warning after hosing down his walls and windows despite Level 3b restrictions
29.2% dam water left in the Cape and suburbs guilty of heavy consumption
These are the worst suburb offenders of heavy water consumption
Drive dirty and save water #WaterWatch
Geoff Higgo, owner of Around About Cars is offering unwashed cars for hire at a discounted rate to help save water.
National drought continues despite recent rains
Dam levels have risen slightly but water restrictions will remain firmly in place.
Mini mayor explains Cape's Level 3B water restrictions
Councillor Xanthea Limberg elaborates on the restrictions put in place on Thursday.
Cape Town implements Level 3B water restrictions #WaterWatch
Cape Town City Council has raised the water restriction level. Read the full explanation here.
Cape's dam levels drop further, more water restrictions on the cards
City of Cape Town has confirmed that dam levels in the Western Cape are sitting at 40.4%, a reduction of two percent per week.
Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone
The latest figures show dam levels at 36.8%, which means they could run almost empty by the time 2017 the winter rains come.
Billions of cubic metres of water in Table Mountain Group Aquifer
Cape Town needs to find solutions to the water crisis facing the city - and the aquifer may well be the best option.
How to qualify for water restriction exemptions
Intensified water restrictions are on the cards and the City has strict eligibility criteria in place to help ensure residents comply.
Expert: Future weather forecasts could improve WC drought conditions
The City of CT has warned dam levels, currently at around 42.5% in capacity, could drop to 20% before the winter rain arrives.
Cape Town dam levels could reach 20% by the start of rainy season
Heavy water restrictions will be implemented if high consumption continues.
City cranks up spot checks on water restrictions
The City of Cape Town has increased its enforcement of water restrictions in a bid to reduce residents’ water wastage.
Cape residents billed over R31 million in December for water overusage
Cape Town City billed ratepayers over R33 million for failing to adhere to imposed level 3 water restrictions.
Find out what the city-approved borehole sign looks like
Cape Town residents are concerned that residents might be wasting water and lying about having boreholes by using fake signs.
Residents urged to reduce water usage as City could intensify restrictions
Cape Town officials have called on residents to continue saving water, amid dwindling dam levels.
Households should be restricted to 5 kilolitres water usage a month - ecologist
Ecologist, Professor Eugene Moll, says City of Cape Town needs to implement serious water restrictions to avoid wasting water.
Landlords may not hold deposit for unkempt gardens during water restrictions
It is unlawful for landlords to deduct damages from tenants for garden and pool damages during drought, says attorney
How to identify (and prevent) pipe leaks
Don't waste water or wait until your plumbing falls apart completely. Here's advice on how to spot and stop leaks in their tracks.
Why we can't use water from the mountains to solve our water problems
Dr Peter Johnston explains why it is not feasible to build dams to collect water that flows from the mountains into the ocean.
Capetonians still waste water even with Level 3 restrictions - City
The City of Cape Town saw a spike in water consumption last week with an average of 905 million litres used per day.
Why you should only shower once a week (and sink wash inbetween)
John Maytham chats to UK journalist Donnachadh McCarthy about his ablution habits, his Guardian article on the subject went viral.
Tips on how to repurpose grey water for your garden
Water from your bath, shower, washing machine and kitchen sink can be used to water gardens during level 3 water restrictions.
How to report people who don’t comply with water restrictions
We’ve got a crisis on our hands, but some people just don’t care. Here’s how to report an antisocial water waster…
Pool covers are now mandatory
There are different ways to save water by using pool covers which are a requirement for Level 3 water restrictions.
Cape Town Level 3 water restrictions in full force
Here are full details of City of Cape Town's Level 3 water restrictions.
Western Cape dam levels under scrutiny
Sputnik Ratau spokesperson for the Water and Sanitation Department talks to Koketso Sachane about dam levels.
How converting to wetland pools could curb long-term water wastage
Wetland pools are natural swimming pools which filter water through a wetland to keep it clean and they may save you more water.
Level 3 water restrictions loom for City of Cape Town
Dam levels continue to remain lower than normal and the city is considering stricter measures to save water.