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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:

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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.

Grand West launches water purification plant to be completely off the grid

Grand West launches water purification plant to be completely off the grid

GrandWest GM Mervyn Naidoo says they had to come up with long term plans to handle the water crisis in Cape Town.

Smart Water Meter Challenge  saving 100 million litres of water

Smart Water Meter Challenge saving 100 million litres of water

Prof Thinus Booysen gives an update on the Smart Meter installation in WC schools and how much water has been saved.

Tourists still enjoying Cape Town, despite the drought

Tourists still enjoying Cape Town, despite the drought

Cape Town Tourism released a video of tourists sharing positive experiences in the Mother City despite water scarcity problems.

One of our biggest water issues is alien trees - Dr Emma Archer

One of our biggest water issues is alien trees - Dr Emma Archer

Water report reveals that when forests are chopped down, they disrupt regional rainfall patterns.

Can the CoCT afford to relax water restrictions this winter?

Can the CoCT afford to relax water restrictions this winter?

According to Dr Kevin Winter, the City can relax the restrictions as long as it still meets the DWS water license requirements.

If CoCT gets its way, Capetonians could see some let up of water restrictions

If CoCT gets its way, Capetonians could see some let up of water restrictions

Deputy Mayor City of Cape Town Ian Neilson says they can't relax water restrictions without getting DWS consent.

Forget desalination, first clear alien trees to save CT's water supply - expert

Forget desalination, first clear alien trees to save CT's water supply - expert

Clearing alien plants from key water catchments could yield better returns than groundwater extraction or desalination plants.