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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
Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Dr Kevin Winter says stormwater harvesting could be a water augmentation solution.

Bread consumption in South Africa is declining

Bread consumption in South Africa is declining

Executive Director at the South African Chamber of Baking, Geoff Penny, explains why the price of bread has declined.

'I found red worms in my rainwater tank', says Claremont local

'I found red worms in my rainwater tank', says Claremont local

Di, a CapeTalk listener, says she had her rainwater tanks installed a few months ago and hadn't been treating the water.

Water woes continue in WC this winter

Water woes continue in WC this winter

Several desalination plants in the Western Cape are not yet in operation.

City of Cape Town proposing a 55% water tariff hike

City of Cape Town proposing a 55% water tariff hike

City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson, explains the proposed water tariff hike.

Water released from Berg River Dam replenishes supply for West Coast towns

Water released from Berg River Dam replenishes supply for West Coast towns

Water was pumped into the Misverstand Dam from the Berg River Dam to help alleviate pressure from the ongoing drought.

Invasive alien vegetation a major threat to Cape dam levels - scientist

Invasive alien vegetation a major threat to Cape dam levels - scientist

Alien trees currently reduce water supply to dams by over 100 megalitres per day, says biodiversity scientist Jasper Slingsby.

Cape rains have made a slight dent on the drought says national water dept

Cape rains have made a slight dent on the drought says national water dept

Spokesperson for the Department of Water Affairs Sputnik Ratau says two good rainy seasons are needed to turn things around.

Zandvlei water area closed over high E.coli count

Zandvlei water area closed over high E.coli count

City official Julia Wood explains that high E.coli levels emanate from sewage that was flowing from a collapsed mainline sewer.