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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 new savings target is 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.

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
Water Warriors need help getting water to needy towns across SA

Water Warriors need help getting water to needy towns across SA

South African Water Warriors still delivers water in places that are experiencing severe drought and they need water donations.

Old Mutual to help save 15 million liters of water per month

Old Mutual to help save 15 million liters of water per month

Old Mutual on Monday unveiled their water filtration plant at its head offices in Pinelands.

Clanwilliam Dam wall project back on track will double its capacity

Clanwilliam Dam wall project back on track will double its capacity

The project to increase the wall and the capacity of the dam is up and running again after numerous delays.

Cape Town desalination plants are in full swing

Cape Town desalination plants are in full swing

The three desalination plants are expected to produce 8 million litres of water a day.

Cape July rainfall below average, is that reason to worry?

Cape July rainfall below average, is that reason to worry?

The month of July seems to worry those studying weather patterns as the month has not yielded the good rains expected.

New toilet system hopes to eradicate dangerous pit toilets in schools

New toilet system hopes to eradicate dangerous pit toilets in schools

LiquidGold has designed unique gender-neutral urinate-only toilets which are 100 percent waterless and hygienic.

When water saving solutions go horribly wrong

When water saving solutions go horribly wrong

Dr Kaveh Madani looks at a water saving solution used in California which used up more water than it was saving.

DWS says that CPT dam levels will dictate if water restrictions are amended

DWS says that CPT dam levels will dictate if water restrictions are amended

‘Let’s be attentive to what the rains are doing, and then we will have a chat with water users.’ - Rashied Khan

20% drop in new arrivals to CPT due to drought publicity #DayZero

20% drop in new arrivals to CPT due to drought publicity #DayZero

The Day Zero campaign was used to create awareness locally, but was received negatively by the international community.