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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:

Articles
Businesses raise almost R7 million to save water in 228 schools

Businesses raise almost R7 million to save water in 228 schools

A week into the water challenge campaign, Prof Thinus Booysen calls for more pledges, with 42 schools to go to reach the target.

City urges construction companies to use treated effluent water

City urges construction companies to use treated effluent water

Councilor Xanthea Limberg says using more affordable treated water for non-structural construction will save both money and water.

CT Mayor announces Day Zero pushed back two months

CT Mayor announces Day Zero pushed back two months

Patricia de Lille held 10-minute press briefing, announcing the predicted date change to mid-May and details of collection points.

Global Coffee pledges to sponsor #SmartWaterMeterChallenge device for school

Global Coffee pledges to sponsor #SmartWaterMeterChallenge device for school

CapeTalk and Shoprite partnered with other companies to install water-monitoring devices in Cape Town schools.

Premier Foods cranks up #SmartWaterMeterChallenge with R1.5m pledge

Premier Foods cranks up #SmartWaterMeterChallenge with R1.5m pledge

The donation by Premier Foods will ensure that an extra 50 Cape schools benefit from Shoprite Group's water-saving initiative.

Droogte Hulp lends a helping hand to drought-stricken farmers and workers

Droogte Hulp lends a helping hand to drought-stricken farmers and workers

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to the founder of Droogte Hulp, Burre Burger about the work they are doing for SA farmers.

Rhodes Food Group sponsors R90 000 to help WC schools save water

Rhodes Food Group sponsors R90 000 to help WC schools save water

Food producer Rhodes Food Group has stepped up to support an additional three Western Cape schools in the Smart Water Challenge.

Poultry mega firm pledges R90 000 to WC schools water saving project

Poultry mega firm pledges R90 000 to WC schools water saving project

Poultry producer Astral Foods has made its corporate pledge towards the Smart Water Challenge, covering three extra Cape schools!

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.