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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:

Articles
#SmartWaterMeterChallenge is 1 year old and saves 260 million litres of water

#SmartWaterMeterChallenge is 1 year old and saves 260 million litres of water

Smart Water Meter Challenge has done remarkable work in the Western Cape schools installing the smart water meters.

10 key changes that kick in when water restrictions drop from Level 5 to Level 3

10 key changes that kick in when water restrictions drop from Level 5 to Level 3

Cape Town is dropping water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 as of Saturday, 1 December. Here's how it'll affect residents.

Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to level 3

Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to level 3

This means that Capetonians can use 105 litres a day, up from the previous 70 litres a day come 1 December.

Harvesting stormwater from Liesbeek River may aid CT water supply, students find

Harvesting stormwater from Liesbeek River may aid CT water supply, students find

Three UCT Biological Sciences students have published their first paper explaining how water from the Cape Town river could help.

Capetonians, not yet time to relax water saving measures

Capetonians, not yet time to relax water saving measures

Dr Peter Johnston says although we have received good rain this year, it is still not enough.

Water expert weighs in on the viability of harvesting stormwater

Water expert weighs in on the viability of harvesting stormwater

This follows criticism of how the city is letting stormwater rush down the gutters and into the sea without being put to good use.

No changes to water management devices despite Level 5 water restriction shift

No changes to water management devices despite Level 5 water restriction shift

The City has responded to concerns whether the water management sevices will be adjusted to take into account new restrictions.

Over 200 million litres of water saved through #SmartWaterMeterChallenge

Over 200 million litres of water saved through #SmartWaterMeterChallenge

Almost a year ago CapeTalk partnered with Stellenbosch University and Shoprite Group to install water saving devices at schools.

City of Cape Town halts water desalination process

City of Cape Town halts water desalination process

CEO at Accelerate Cape Town Ryan Ravens says desalination is an extremely expensive option for water augmentation.