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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

See all the articles below:

Articles

CoCT is hard at work to catch up on its water augmentation projects

CoCT is hard at work to catch up on its water augmentation projects

The City is facing the worst drought ever and its dam levels continue to drop as the skies remain dry.

How the Water Research Commission is saving South Africa from water scarcity

How the Water Research Commission is saving South Africa from water scarcity

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo.

No-hassle Flexipump may be answer to farmers' water irrigation woes

No-hassle Flexipump may be answer to farmers' water irrigation woes

Agricultural water restrictions kick-in from January and Flexipump pumps water from a water source like a river to irrigate crops.

Dropula helps Cape schools save water this summer holiday

Dropula helps Cape schools save water this summer holiday

In the past school holidays were a time water leaks could spring up unnoticed, but the Dropula device will help prevent this.

Here's the City's water-saving plan for Cape Town Sevens this weekend

Here's the City's water-saving plan for Cape Town Sevens this weekend

The tournament is sold out for this weekend at the Cape Town Stadium and will see an influx of local and international visitors.

10-1-10 Expedition needs your help providing clean water to disadvantaged areas

10-1-10 Expedition needs your help providing clean water to disadvantaged areas

So far the 10-day event has deployed 120 water filters to rural South Africa and need donations to deploy more water filters.

Cape Town's drought levy up for public participation

Cape Town's drought levy up for public participation

Drought charge based on property values, estimated at about 10% of the current rates portion of municipal bill says Cllr Limberg.

ACDP caucus against proposed drought levy in Cape Town

ACDP caucus against proposed drought levy in Cape Town

ACDP leader and ex CT deputy mayor Grant Haskin says ratepayers are forced to foot the bill while the City has dragged its feet.

Breaking: Cape Town Level 6 water restrictions kick in from January

Breaking: Cape Town Level 6 water restrictions kick in from January

Western Cape Provincial Gazette has released new water restrictions to begin January 2018.

Schools and businesses advised to switch off water during holiday break

Schools and businesses advised to switch off water during holiday break

Engineering prof Thinus Booysen advises institutions closing for the holiday season to switch off the main water supply valves.

The City of Cape Town to propose a drought levy to residents

The City of Cape Town to propose a drought levy to residents

Mayor De Lille will be proposing to council on Tuesday that residents be charged a drought levy to help with water projects

[LISTEN] How fog can be captured to provide alternative water resources

[LISTEN] How fog can be captured to provide alternative water resources

Teboho Mofokeng from Gibb, says it may be best to mimic the environment to see how water can be captured in various forms.

[WATCH] How the smart water meter dropula works

[WATCH] How the smart water meter dropula works

Here's an easy to understand video showing how the smart water meter device works.

University questions accuracy of CSIR waste water in oceans report

University questions accuracy of CSIR waste water in oceans report

UWC's chemistry professor Leslie Petrik says the CSIR report is based on probabilities therefore can't be accurate.

Virgin Active in W Cape saves 11 000 litres of water per day

Virgin Active in W Cape saves 11 000 litres of water per day

The health club introduced measures to save water, which included closing steam rooms and installing low-flow shower heads.

City of CT launches water dashboard to track water crisis

City of CT launches water dashboard to track water crisis

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock explains the City of Cape Town's Water Dashboard.

Over 2 000 water saving shower heads to be rolled-out in Cape guest houses

Over 2 000 water saving shower heads to be rolled-out in Cape guest houses

Despite concerns over the water crisis, this initiative is intended to still attract tourists to the Mother City.

WC govt launches campaign to help tourists, Cape guesthouses save water

WC govt launches campaign to help tourists, Cape guesthouses save water

Economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde says that the focus is on helping smaller tourism establishments save water.

Eskort sponsors smart water meter for WC school

Eskort sponsors smart water meter for WC school

South Africa's leading producers of pork products, Eskort is the latest company to pledge towards the Smart Water Meter Challenge.

Businesses raise almost R7 million to save water in 228 schools

Businesses raise almost R7 million to save water in 228 schools

A week into the water challenge campaign, Prof Thinus Booysen calls for more pledges, with 42 schools to go to reach the target.

City urges construction companies to use treated effluent water

City urges construction companies to use treated effluent water

Councilor Xanthea Limberg says using more affordable treated water for non-structural construction will save both money and water.

CT Mayor announces Day Zero pushed back two months

CT Mayor announces Day Zero pushed back two months

Patricia de Lille held 10-minute press briefing, announcing the predicted date change to mid-May and details of collection points.

Global Coffee pledges to sponsor #SmartWaterMeterChallenge device for school

Global Coffee pledges to sponsor #SmartWaterMeterChallenge device for school

CapeTalk and Shoprite partnered with other companies to install water-monitoring devices in Cape Town schools.

Premier Foods cranks up #SmartWaterMeterChallenge with R1.5m pledge

Premier Foods cranks up #SmartWaterMeterChallenge with R1.5m pledge

The donation by Premier Foods will ensure that an extra 50 Cape schools benefit from Shoprite Group's water-saving initiative.

Droogte Hulp lends a helping hand to drought-stricken farmers and workers

Droogte Hulp lends a helping hand to drought-stricken farmers and workers

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to the founder of Droogte Hulp, Burre Burger about the work they are doing for SA farmers.

Rhodes Food Group sponsors R90 000 to help WC schools save water

Rhodes Food Group sponsors R90 000 to help WC schools save water

Food producer Rhodes Food Group has stepped up to support an additional three Western Cape schools in the Smart Water Challenge.

Poultry mega firm pledges R90 000 to WC schools water saving project

Poultry mega firm pledges R90 000 to WC schools water saving project

Poultry producer Astral Foods has made its corporate pledge towards the Smart Water Challenge, covering three extra Cape schools!

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.

Beaufort West is relying solely on boreholes and effluent water

Beaufort West is relying solely on boreholes and effluent water

The Gamka Dam which is the main source of drinking water is completely dry and the boreholes could soon run dry.

Water meter saving device changing kids habits at schools

Water meter saving device changing kids habits at schools

Africa Melane talks to Pragma CEO Adriaan Scheeres, a partner with CapeTalk, Shoprite, Bridgiot and Stellies Uni in the challenge.

20% of water in Beaufort West is recycled sewage water. Could Cape Town be next?

20% of water in Beaufort West is recycled sewage water. Could Cape Town be next?

Water expert Pierre Marais says effluent supplied by the municipality undergoes a lengthy treatment process before it's drinkable.

Beaufort West has reached its Day Zero

Beaufort West has reached its Day Zero

Municipal Manager, Kosie Haarhof says they are now relying on boreholes to supply the town with water as all the dams are empty.

300 volunteers arrive in Cape Town to build schools in Khayelitsha

300 volunteers arrive in Cape Town to build schools in Khayelitsha

The volunteers are part of the annual Mellon Educate blitz-build project which comes to South Africa every year to build schools.

WC Education Dept steps in to help schools save water

WC Education Dept steps in to help schools save water

WC Education Department has committed to fund 40% of smart meter installations, urging corporates to cover the remaining 60%.

[VIDEO] Now you can let it mellow without the yuck factor

[VIDEO] Now you can let it mellow without the yuck factor

Do you really want to save on flushing but find the prospect of splashback off-putting? Here's your answer!

Local project slashes water usage at Cape school and spreads awareness

Local project slashes water usage at Cape school and spreads awareness

This smart meter initiative will save 1 million litres of water a day at the top 100 high-volume water-using schools in Cape Town.

Desalination plants aren't a panacea for water crisis, says myth-busting expert

Desalination plants aren't a panacea for water crisis, says myth-busting expert

Dr David Olivier says a range of combined efforts are needed to fight the water crisis and the misinformation that surrounds it.

100 Cape schools to save 1000s of litres with new water saving initiative

100 Cape schools to save 1000s of litres with new water saving initiative

CapeTalk, Bridgiot and Shoprite install Dropula smart meters in Cape Town schools saving millions of litres of water and money.

Minister Mokonyane vows to prevent W Cape reaching Day Zero #WaterWatch

Minister Mokonyane vows to prevent W Cape reaching Day Zero #WaterWatch

Minister of Water and Sanitation‚ Nomvula Mokonyane says they will do whatever it takes to prevent dam levels from reaching 0%.

A 'Spiky' shower curtain that will help monitor your time under the spray

A 'Spiky' shower curtain that will help monitor your time under the spray

Sustainable and inflatable shower curtain from the series "My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior".

UCT students invent effective shower water-capturing device

UCT students invent effective shower water-capturing device

Shower Savvy is a Jerry can look-alike that one can stand on while taking a shower which stores up to 10 litres of grey water.

How to prevent stagnant stored water becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes

How to prevent stagnant stored water becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes

Many Capetonians are doing their bit to save water by collecting rainwater and even storing their greywater.

Cape's water crisis takes its toll on business

Cape's water crisis takes its toll on business

Chairperson for the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce of SA says the water shortage is drastically affecting the economy.

Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert

Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert

Epidemiologist and health expert Dr Jo Barnes says less flushing poses a risk for the City's sewage system and health of locals.

'Gigaba's approval will allow CoCT to speed up processes to deal with drought'

'Gigaba's approval will allow CoCT to speed up processes to deal with drought'

This now gives the Mayor the power to approve budget to deal with unavoidable expenditure to remedy the water crisis.

South Africa (and the world!) is experiencing a water crisis

South Africa (and the world!) is experiencing a water crisis

Professor Anthony Turton says he's been trying to get South Africans to take the water crisis in the country seriously for years.

De Lille: A well run city will not run out of water

De Lille: A well run city will not run out of water

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to the Mayor Patricia de Lille about the plans to supply the City as dam levels drop.

How 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour plans to use zero municipal potable water

How 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour plans to use zero municipal potable water

Dave Bellairs of the Cycle Tour Trust chats to John Maytham about the plans in place.

City of Cape Town ready for the fire season despite drought - JP smith

City of Cape Town ready for the fire season despite drought - JP smith

Alderman JP Smith outlines how the City's firefighters are preparing for Cape Town's fire season which is fast approaching.

Why the delay in the City's Water Resilience Plan?

Why the delay in the City's Water Resilience Plan?

There seems to be a lot of red tape holding the City hostage from implementing plans to provide an additional water supply.

Zille on why we will avoid Day Zero

Zille on why we will avoid Day Zero

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille talks to John Maytham about the water crisis in the Western Cape

Cape's water rationing means inadequate measures to fight fires

Cape's water rationing means inadequate measures to fight fires

There are concerns that even if companies are adhering to fire regulations there could be no water to extinguish fires.

How you can maintain your swimming pool without using municipal water

How you can maintain your swimming pool without using municipal water

Water neutral pools are a way for pool and spa owners to eliminate the use of all potable water in their pools, says pool doctor.

Cape's water rationing in full swing, pressure drops even further

Cape's water rationing in full swing, pressure drops even further

According to the City's James-Brent Styan, some areas might end up with no water as pressure drops even further during peak hours.

'Western Cape drought the worst in 40 years'

'Western Cape drought the worst in 40 years'

CEO at Agri Western Cape says the province is running into a crisis, the worst situation they ever had to deal with.

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.