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#WaterWatch

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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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Western Cape schools are becoming water savvy

Western Cape schools are becoming water savvy

Stellenbosch University's Professor Thinus Booysen and his team are helping schools in the Western Cape lower their water usage.

Tsogo Sun hotels in CT 'ban' visitors from bathing in efforts to save water

Tsogo Sun hotels in CT 'ban' visitors from bathing in efforts to save water

The Tsogo Sun hotel group says it has reduced its water consumption by more than 17% over the past year.

City explains what level 5 water restrictions mean for every household

City explains what level 5 water restrictions mean for every household

Capetonians can only use 87 litres of water per person per day under the level 5 water restrictions, the mayor's office explains.

Cape Town: "It is the end of our winter rainfall effectively"

Cape Town: "It is the end of our winter rainfall effectively"

Cape Town researcher Dr Kevin Winter says water pressure management will be tested with lessons learned from other countries.

Public swimming pools to be closed longer this summer to save water

Public swimming pools to be closed longer this summer to save water

Public pools in drought-hit Cape Town will not be open for the entire summer season in order to save water.

Level 5 water restrictions in full swing

Level 5 water restrictions in full swing

The drought-hit City of Cape Town over the weekend implemented level five water restrictions to bring down consumption.

City of Cape Town announces Level 5 water restrictions

City of Cape Town announces Level 5 water restrictions

On Sunday morning the City instituted new measures to drive water consumption down to 500 million litres a day.

Millions to be spent on drought ridden areas  in the Western Cape

Millions to be spent on drought ridden areas in the Western Cape

Four Western Cape municipalities are at high risk of running out of water.

We expect more problems for the Cape – SA Weather Service

We expect more problems for the Cape – SA Weather Service

The South African Weather Service on what the floods in Texas, Bangladesh and Niger mean for us in South Africa.