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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
Cape Town water safe to drink says municipality

Cape Town water safe to drink says municipality

The City has begun a water treatment process in order to deal with a naturally occurring organic compound called geosmin.

GreenCape gets businesses on board with water-saving

GreenCape gets businesses on board with water-saving

NPO GreenCape helps local businesses realise how becoming water wise stands to benefit their bottom line using creative solutions.

Three lessons learned from the drought

Three lessons learned from the drought

The Cape has 103 days of usable water left and Dr Kevin Winter sums up the three take-outs from this water-scarce time.

103 days water left for Cape Town

103 days water left for Cape Town

City says there are four months of water left as usable dam levels are now sitting at 18.6%.

WWF brings businesses together to work for water sustainability

WWF brings businesses together to work for water sustainability

World Wildlife Fund's Water Stewardship Programme is a journey towards water responsibility.

Spier Wine Estate's journey to water sustainability

Spier Wine Estate's journey to water sustainability

The Kieno Kammies Show is broadcasting live from the Spier Wine Estate on World Water Day.

Engineer's grey water treatment for homes helps you save on water bill

Engineer's grey water treatment for homes helps you save on water bill

The treatment system will allow households to re-use grey water and regain original composition and natural quality AND save money

City monitoring top water users as water crisis deepens in Cape Town

City monitoring top water users as water crisis deepens in Cape Town

Dam levels in Cape Town are critically low but does the City have an emergency plan?

‘Government can’t resolve the water crisis alone’

‘Government can’t resolve the water crisis alone’

GM for Integrated Infrastructure at Gibb, Sean Molloy suggests a more plausible way to manage water more effectively.