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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 new savings target is 87 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

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Articles

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.

This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home

This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home

Mechanical engineer Andy Cunninghame has proven that it is possible to save municipal water by harvesting and filtering rainwater.

'City must build trust with Capetonians about the water crisis'

'City must build trust with Capetonians about the water crisis'

Dr David Olivier says City needs to be transparent as a sense of panic in Cape Town increases with the dam levels get worsening.

Elandsfontein aquifer under threat from mining company

Elandsfontein aquifer under threat from mining company

West Coast Environmental Protection Association launched an urgent interdict as the company continued to dewater the aquifer.

Cape Town man makes money out of selling excess water amid drought

Cape Town man makes money out of selling excess water amid drought

Henk Meyer had to find alternative ways to survive after CoCT banned construction companies from using municipal water.

Save like a Local water saving campaign aimed at Cape Town tourists

Save like a Local water saving campaign aimed at Cape Town tourists

The "Save like a Local" campaign will focus on conscientising visitors about saving water while on holiday in the Mother City.

What does the law say about selling water?

What does the law say about selling water?

CapeTalks Kieno Kammies speaks to a law expert at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr about legalities around the selling of water.

LISTEN: Cape Town City elaborates on water disaster plan

LISTEN: Cape Town City elaborates on water disaster plan

The City's Xanthea Limberg explains what each phase entails, adds that officials want to avoid worst case scenarios at all costs.

Expert critiques CoCT Water Disaster Plan

Expert critiques CoCT Water Disaster Plan

Prof Anthony Turton looks at some challenges with the City's water shortage plan and says some things needs to be revisited.

City must give Capetonians details to avoid panic over water plan, says expert

City must give Capetonians details to avoid panic over water plan, says expert

Environmental expert Dr Kevin Winter says the City's new Water Shortages Disaster Plan has created confusion and little clarity.

Chemistry students develop mechanism that saves 3000 litres of water per week

Chemistry students develop mechanism that saves 3000 litres of water per week

Before this mechanism was developed the lab at Stellenbosch University was wasting more than 200 litres of water daily.

CoCT: No swimming pools are exempt from water restrictions

CoCT: No swimming pools are exempt from water restrictions

Cllr Xanthea Limberg answered the question as to why the City is still permitting building swimming pools permission to fill up.

Is the Colour Run going to waste too much scarce Cape Town water?

Is the Colour Run going to waste too much scarce Cape Town water?

Green Point Ratepayers Association Events Committee's Paige Nick and Cllr Dave Bryant debate the water quantity pegged for event.

City to target Cape's 50 000 water-guzzling households

City to target Cape's 50 000 water-guzzling households

The City of Cape Town has its sights on 50 000 homes that have been flagged as heavy users of water.

Civil engineer devises plan to use stormwater in Cape Town

Civil engineer devises plan to use stormwater in Cape Town

Civil engineer and Ph.D. researcher John Okedi speaks to CapeTalk host John Maytham about his plans.

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

A government employee emailed John Maytham about what he or she believes is the real state of play with the Cape water crisis.

Western Cape schools are becoming water savvy

Western Cape schools are becoming water savvy

Stellenbosch University's Professor Thinus Booysen and his team are helping schools in the Western Cape lower their water usage.

Tsogo Sun hotels in CT 'ban' visitors from bathing in efforts to save water

Tsogo Sun hotels in CT 'ban' visitors from bathing in efforts to save water

The Tsogo Sun hotel group says it has reduced its water consumption by more than 17% over the past year.

City explains what level 5 water restrictions mean for every household

City explains what level 5 water restrictions mean for every household

Capetonians can only use 87 litres of water per person per day under the level 5 water restrictions, the mayor's office explains.

Cape Town: "It is the end of our winter rainfall effectively"

Cape Town: "It is the end of our winter rainfall effectively"

Cape Town researcher Dr Kevin Winter says water pressure management will be tested with lessons learned from other countries.

Public swimming pools to be closed longer this summer to save water

Public swimming pools to be closed longer this summer to save water

Public pools in drought-hit Cape Town will not be open for the entire summer season in order to save water.

Level 5 water restrictions in full swing

Level 5 water restrictions in full swing

The drought-hit City of Cape Town over the weekend implemented level five water restrictions to bring down consumption.

City of Cape Town announces Level 5 water restrictions

City of Cape Town announces Level 5 water restrictions

On Sunday morning the City instituted new measures to drive water consumption down to 500 million litres a day.

Millions to be spent on drought ridden areas  in the Western Cape

Millions to be spent on drought ridden areas in the Western Cape

Four Western Cape municipalities are at high risk of running out of water.

We expect more problems for the Cape – SA Weather Service

We expect more problems for the Cape – SA Weather Service

The South African Weather Service on what the floods in Texas, Bangladesh and Niger mean for us in South Africa.

 Zille to announce WC drought intervention plan

Zille to announce WC drought intervention plan

Officials from the drought-stricken province have teamed up with experts to find solutions to water problems there.

Smart water meter cuts water consumption at schools

Smart water meter cuts water consumption at schools

Stellenbosch University's Professor Thinus Booysen has helped schools identify their problem areas and reduce their water bill.

City of Cape Town plans to augment water supply, but little detail given

City of Cape Town plans to augment water supply, but little detail given

City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille delivered a speech a to a full Council meeting on Thursday morning.

The Geasy: Stellies innovation changing our water consumption

The Geasy: Stellies innovation changing our water consumption

Dr Thinus Booysen speaks about Geasy, a system that allows you to monitor and control your geyser from your phone or computer.

Cape Town gets R20.8million for drought relief

Cape Town gets R20.8million for drought relief

Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille says the money will be used for drilling boreholes and installing pumps.

Local desalination company says no to small-scale tender

Local desalination company says no to small-scale tender

Tom Callaghan at Grahamtek says desalination tender is not viable for business but will bid for the large-scale land based plant.

"Evaporation means building more dams is not a solution to water crisis"

"Evaporation means building more dams is not a solution to water crisis"

Water expert Anthony Turton says the loss through evaporation is a major engineering challenge and SA needs alternative storage.

Mokonyane defends her water department over irregular expenditure

Mokonyane defends her water department over irregular expenditure

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told Parliament that her department is being unfairly audited.

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Mayor of Cape Town speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about plans to provide more water amidst the ongoing drought.

City of Cape turns to groundwater to try curb its water crisis

City of Cape turns to groundwater to try curb its water crisis

Four areas identified for ground water extraction namely; Silwerstroomstrand, Cape Flats, Cape Peninsula and Hottentots Holland.

CoCT 'Water Resilience Plan' to produce 500 million litres of water per day

CoCT 'Water Resilience Plan' to produce 500 million litres of water per day

City of Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille held a media briefing to share the City’s 'Water Resilience Plan' on Thursday.

Leeu River Weir undergoes maintenance to increase WC water supply

Leeu River Weir undergoes maintenance to increase WC water supply

Alan Winde says they are removing sand from the weir, which is set to increase the water supply of the Voelvlei Dam.

By-laws you need to know when feeding your alternative water sources at home

By-laws you need to know when feeding your alternative water sources at home

Farouk Robertson explains the do's and don'ts of alternative water sources feeding your home’s water supply.

There's been no proactive water education to show why every drop counts - expert

There's been no proactive water education to show why every drop counts - expert

Water is a precious and scarce commodity, but Cape residents have not adopted enough water-wise practices, says Richard Holden.

Reverse osmosis water is purer than our tap water - engineering professor

Reverse osmosis water is purer than our tap water - engineering professor

A group of UCT graduates has done tremendous work in tackling waste water and desalination.

Behavioural change in the home is key to saving water

Behavioural change in the home is key to saving water

Government and private sector's round table on #WaterWatch is an attempt to find solutions to the country's water problems.

Finally City of CT to install water management devices for water guzzlers

Finally City of CT to install water management devices for water guzzlers

After failed attempts to reduce water usage, stricter measures will be imposed for the offenders in the City of Cape Town.

Shower for less than 2 minutes as Cape Town enters level 4b water restrictions

Shower for less than 2 minutes as Cape Town enters level 4b water restrictions

The City’s Xanthea Limberg says other emergency interventions are underway.

Capetonians will soon be restricted to less than 100 litres per day #Level4B

Capetonians will soon be restricted to less than 100 litres per day #Level4B

According to Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Level 4B will look at further restricting potable water usage for essential purposes.

CoCT moves for Level 4B water restrictions due to low rainfall

CoCT moves for Level 4B water restrictions due to low rainfall

The recent rainfall contributed only 5% to the reserves. The City will be implementing further restrictions to help save water.

Cape water consumption swells as City threatens to arrest repeat water wasters

Cape water consumption swells as City threatens to arrest repeat water wasters

The City's Xanthea Limberg says water consumption has risen to a worrying level and warns about jail time for repeat offenders.

Latest Cape dam levels #WaterWatch

Latest Cape dam levels #WaterWatch

Here are the latest dam levels released by the City of Cape Town.

Dam levels up less than 2% after storm, but not nearly enough says CT official

Dam levels up less than 2% after storm, but not nearly enough says CT official

Mayco member for utilities Xanthea Limberg says the recent rains have not had a significant impact on the Western Cape dam levels.

Latest Rainfall Levels by Cape Town Weather Office

Latest Rainfall Levels by Cape Town Weather Office

The Kirstenbosch area received 57mm since Wednesday, the harbour area 18mm, and the airport a total of 36mm.

[LISTEN]  Economist predicts 5% decline in WC's GDP if drought persists

[LISTEN] Economist predicts 5% decline in WC's GDP if drought persists

FNB Agricultural Economist, Paul Makube, spoke to Kieno about the economic impact of the water crisis in the province.

Cape Town's dam levels are currently at 19% (and less than 10% is usable)

Cape Town's dam levels are currently at 19% (and less than 10% is usable)

The Cape Province is expecting some rain for the month of June.

Property business doing their bit to save water

Property business doing their bit to save water

Western Province is experiencing what is said to be the worst drought in 100 years.

WC needs rain to keep SA's food inflation down, says agricultural economist

WC needs rain to keep SA's food inflation down, says agricultural economist

If the Western Cape does not get sufficient rain before the end of July, increased grain imports could drive up food inflation.

Shocking aerial video shows how bad this drought is

Shocking aerial video shows how bad this drought is

In case you need another reminder of how much trouble we're in...

Mokonyane: WC should have been declared disaster zone much sooner

Mokonyane: WC should have been declared disaster zone much sooner

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says it's now time to implement long-term measures to tackle the WC water crisis.

WATCH: Cape Town's own water saving song

WATCH: Cape Town's own water saving song

Someone's finally put Cape Town's water crisis to music. Take a listen and tell us if it's got flow or is it as dry as our dams?

Capetonians turning drought disaster into innovative opportunities says Zille

Capetonians turning drought disaster into innovative opportunities says Zille

Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille says more long-term solutions are needed to combat the drought in the province.

Zille calls for permanent behaviour change to saving water

Zille calls for permanent behaviour change to saving water

As Premier, Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area to speed up the processes of necessary funding interventions.

Steam rooms and saunas will be closed from Wednesday at Virgin Actives in CT

Steam rooms and saunas will be closed from Wednesday at Virgin Actives in CT

The gym will be imposing strict measures to save and use water wisely across the city.

How Beaufort-West survived its worst drought in history

How Beaufort-West survived its worst drought in history

In light of the current drought in Cape Town, Kieno Kammies finds out what measures were used in Beaufort-West.