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Theewaterskloof after the start of the winter rains...

EWN visited the Theewaterskloof Dam on 22 June 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

Before...

The Theewaterskloof Dam. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN

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 water savings target remains at 50 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.

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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 showers, 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:

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Global workshop offers ideas on how to build a water resilient Cape Town

Global workshop offers ideas on how to build a water resilient Cape Town

100 Resilient Cities is a project which helps cities worldwide become more resilient to social, economic and climate challenges.

UCT Architecture students design water points for Imizamo Yethu residents

UCT Architecture students design water points for Imizamo Yethu residents

UCT's School of Architecture 2nd year students are doing their best to improve the lives of people in Imizamo Yethu.

Cape Town dams on 70% for the first time since 2015

Cape Town dams on 70% for the first time since 2015

Cape Town's dam levels have hit the 70% mark but experts say Capetonians still have to be cautious in their water consumption.

Easing water restrictions will put CT back on the investor map, says Wesgro CEO

Easing water restrictions will put CT back on the investor map, says Wesgro CEO

Wesgro, the WC govt's investment arm, welcomes the decision to relax water restrictions and associated tariffs from 1 October.

Plan to ease CT water restrictions sends right tourism message, says scientist

Plan to ease CT water restrictions sends right tourism message, says scientist

Cape Town's deputy mayor, Ian Neilson, announced that the city would be relaxing its water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5.

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

Alderman Ian Neilson says the City couldn't wait any longer for DWS to respond but took it upon itself to relax the restrictions.

Experts predict it could take another year to get dam levels in CT to 100%

Experts predict it could take another year to get dam levels in CT to 100%

Hydro-climatologist Piotr Wolski says although the dams are looking better it doesn't mean we should go back to our old ways.

Cape dam levels rise above 65%

Cape dam levels rise above 65%

Dam levels in Cape Town have now risen to 65.9% according to the latest figures released by the City of Cape Town on Monday.

Some Cape Town residents lose their green dot water usage status

Some Cape Town residents lose their green dot water usage status

Most Cape Town residents still saving water, but some have started upping their usage.