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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

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.

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.