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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.

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

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.

Cape Town Level 4 water restrictions at a glance

Cape Town Level 4 water restrictions at a glance

Here is a summary of what the new water restrictions entail.

"We are waiting on a miracle” - city official on Cape Town drought

"We are waiting on a miracle” - city official on Cape Town drought

A City official told delegates at the African Utility Week conference that they never anticipated the severity of drought.

How to stop South Africa's billion rand water loss

How to stop South Africa's billion rand water loss

The central water trading account balances the flow of water at national level and is critical to provide water to drought areas.

Climate scientists predict Western Cape heading for a drier future

Climate scientists predict Western Cape heading for a drier future

Leading climate experts met to discuss winter rainfall forecasts in the region, as Cape goes through one of its worst droughts.

Cape Town level 4 water restrictions: All previous water exemptions revoked

Cape Town level 4 water restrictions: All previous water exemptions revoked

The City of Cape Town urges 100 litres per person per day, no irrigation allowed at all.

Water footprint is the new carbon footprint

Water footprint is the new carbon footprint

With increasing droughts around the world designing waterwise buildings is a growing trend.

Water project drives companies to make lasting behavioral change

Water project drives companies to make lasting behavioral change

An initiative known as For Love of Water (Flow) is working to enable water action by companies and CEOs at African Utility Week.

[LISTEN] Possible Level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town by June 1

[LISTEN] Possible Level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town by June 1

The restrictions include far stricter rules around the use of drinking water.

Cape: 88 days of water left, tougher water restrictions on the cards

Cape: 88 days of water left, tougher water restrictions on the cards

With 13.5 percent of usable water left, Councilor Xanthea Limberg talks to Kieno Kammies about the City's plans.

Listen: Why desalination plants may be viable, efficient and cost effective

Listen: Why desalination plants may be viable, efficient and cost effective

GrahamTek's Tom Callaghan has a fresh take on why converting sea water can be done productively and cost effectively.

Koeberg reveals plans to install a desalination plant

Koeberg reveals plans to install a desalination plant

Koeberg's power station manager speaks about plans to reduce the power station's consumption of fresh water.

WC hopes lie in water indaba with just 11% usable water left

WC hopes lie in water indaba with just 11% usable water left

The City has been considering aquifers as a way to solve water problems, but it's not as easy as it sounds.

Water crisis could have been prevented - water expert

Water crisis could have been prevented - water expert

Water expert Professor Mike Muller breaks down what's led to Cape Town's water problem.

Free water to good home

Free water to good home

CapeTalk caller Cath is offering 35000 litres of pool water - and nobody seems interested. Any takers?

Lower than normal rainfall in the Western Cape (and what this means for CT)

Lower than normal rainfall in the Western Cape (and what this means for CT)

Climate scientist Dr Peter Johnstone explains the high-pressure cell, causing less rain than usual at this time of year.

Cape's garden centres hard hit by drought

Cape's garden centres hard hit by drought

Owner of Super Plants shares with CapeTalk's Kienno Kammies how the lack of rain in the province has affected business.

WC dam levels continue to drop despite recent rains

WC dam levels continue to drop despite recent rains

Xanthea Limberg says despite the recent rains in the Western Cape, the water situation remains critical.

City of Cape Town has reduced water pressure as dam levels decline further

City of Cape Town has reduced water pressure as dam levels decline further

The City says current consumption is over above the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day.

Graphene-based sieve could convert sea water into drinking water

Graphene-based sieve could convert sea water into drinking water

Project leader Dr Rahul Nair talks about the results released in the Nature Nanotechonology scientific journal.

SAB urges public to stop abusing free water at Newlands Spring

SAB urges public to stop abusing free water at Newlands Spring

There have been several reports of abuse of the facility, with a number of people tapping far more water than is allowed.

Seven more WC municipalities to be declared disaster areas

Seven more WC municipalities to be declared disaster areas

As dam levels continue to drop, Western Cape local government considers declaring more municipalities disaster areas.

Cape Town water safe to drink says municipality

Cape Town water safe to drink says municipality

The City has begun a water treatment process in order to deal with a naturally occurring organic compound called geosmin.

GreenCape gets businesses on board with water-saving

GreenCape gets businesses on board with water-saving

NPO GreenCape helps local businesses realise how becoming water wise stands to benefit their bottom line using creative solutions.

Three lessons learned from the drought

Three lessons learned from the drought

The Cape has 103 days of usable water left and Dr Kevin Winter sums up the three take-outs from this water-scarce time.

103 days water left for Cape Town

103 days water left for Cape Town

City says there are four months of water left as usable dam levels are now sitting at 18.6%.

WWF brings businesses together to work for water sustainability

WWF brings businesses together to work for water sustainability

World Wildlife Fund's Water Stewardship Programme is a journey towards water responsibility.

Spier Wine Estate's journey to water sustainability

Spier Wine Estate's journey to water sustainability

The Kieno Kammies Show is broadcasting live from the Spier Wine Estate on World Water Day.

Engineer's grey water treatment for homes helps you save on water bill

Engineer's grey water treatment for homes helps you save on water bill

The treatment system will allow households to re-use grey water and regain original composition and natural quality AND save money

City monitoring top water users as water crisis deepens in Cape Town

City monitoring top water users as water crisis deepens in Cape Town

Dam levels in Cape Town are critically low but does the City have an emergency plan?

‘Government can’t resolve the water crisis alone’

‘Government can’t resolve the water crisis alone’

GM for Integrated Infrastructure at Gibb, Sean Molloy suggests a more plausible way to manage water more effectively.

What you can expect at this year's Cape Town Cycle Tour (No water wasting)

What you can expect at this year's Cape Town Cycle Tour (No water wasting)

Director Dave Bellairs says its all systems go and while rainy weather is expected, things are looking up.

Cape's big brains to dive into water crisis with hackathon

Cape's big brains to dive into water crisis with hackathon

Social entrepreneurs with all kinds of ingenuity will collaborate on finding practical solutions to Cape Town's water crisis.

Expert slams desalination, says there are better water options

Expert slams desalination, says there are better water options

Prof Mike Muller says Western Cape government should consider less costly and more reliable options of dealing with drought.

Cape Town City responds 2 months late to water leak on top 100 water users list

Cape Town City responds 2 months late to water leak on top 100 water users list

Dicky from Wetton was listed on a road named on the top 100 water wasters in Cape Town but says reported leak was never fixed.

Caller on top 100 water guzzlers street list says culprit is a vacant property

Caller on top 100 water guzzlers street list says culprit is a vacant property

The property billed R29 000 is said to have used 118 000 litres but the caller says something is fishy as no leaks were found.

Thirsty cockroaches in search of water during WC drought

Thirsty cockroaches in search of water during WC drought

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to insect conservation expert about the how lack of water is affecting insects.

New toilet flushes under 2 litres of water (inspired by an Arum Lily)

New toilet flushes under 2 litres of water (inspired by an Arum Lily)

Innovative toilet system Arumloo is an innovative response to water conservation with most toilets using 9 -13 litres per flush.

WATCH: Capetonian kicks off shower bucket challenge

WATCH: Capetonian kicks off shower bucket challenge

Local Gavin Thompson hopes that #capetownshowerbucketchallenge will inspire residents across the city to save and recycle water.

Mayor de Lille thanks Capetonians for water saving efforts #WaterWatch

Mayor de Lille thanks Capetonians for water saving efforts #WaterWatch

Mayor wants City of Cape Town declared a disaster area and needs to look at other water avenues as dam levels drop further.