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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...

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 87 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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Cape's water rationing in full swing, pressure drops even further

Cape's water rationing in full swing, pressure drops even further

According to the City's James-Brent Styan, some areas might end up with no water as pressure drops even further during peak hours.

'Western Cape drought the worst in 40 years'

'Western Cape drought the worst in 40 years'

CEO at Agri Western Cape says the province is running into a crisis, the worst situation they ever had to deal with.

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.

This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home

This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home

Mechanical engineer Andy Cunninghame has proven that it is possible to save municipal water by harvesting and filtering rainwater.

'City must build trust with Capetonians about the water crisis'

'City must build trust with Capetonians about the water crisis'

Dr David Olivier says City needs to be transparent as a sense of panic in Cape Town increases with the dam levels get worsening.

Elandsfontein aquifer under threat from mining company

Elandsfontein aquifer under threat from mining company

West Coast Environmental Protection Association launched an urgent interdict as the company continued to dewater the aquifer.

Cape Town man makes money out of selling excess water amid drought

Cape Town man makes money out of selling excess water amid drought

Henk Meyer had to find alternative ways to survive after CoCT banned construction companies from using municipal water.

Save like a Local water saving campaign aimed at Cape Town tourists

Save like a Local water saving campaign aimed at Cape Town tourists

The "Save like a Local" campaign will focus on conscientising visitors about saving water while on holiday in the Mother City.

What does the law say about selling water?

What does the law say about selling water?

CapeTalks Kieno Kammies speaks to a law expert at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr about legalities around the selling of water.