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#WaterWatch

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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...

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 average water level for dams across the Western Cape has fallen to below 35%.

The new savings target is 700 million litres of collective use 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 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
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.