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
- Call 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water related faults)
- SMS 31373 (max of 160 characters)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org _(water restriction offences only)
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.
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 shower s, 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.
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:
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
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
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
World Wildlife Fund's Water Stewardship Programme is a journey towards water responsibility.
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
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
Dam levels in Cape Town are critically low but does the City have an emergency plan?
‘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.
What you can expect at this year's Cape Town Cycle Tour (No water wasting)
Director Dave Bellairs says its all systems go and while rainy weather is expected, things are looking up.
Cape's big brains to dive into water crisis with hackathon
Social entrepreneurs with all kinds of ingenuity will collaborate on finding practical solutions to Cape Town's water crisis.
Expert slams desalination, says there are better water options
Prof Mike Muller says Western Cape government should consider less costly and more reliable options of dealing with drought.
Cape Town City responds 2 months late to water leak on top 100 water users list
Dicky from Wetton was listed on a road named on the top 100 water wasters in Cape Town but says reported leak was never fixed.
Caller on top 100 water guzzlers street list says culprit is a vacant property
The property billed R29 000 is said to have used 118 000 litres but the caller says something is fishy as no leaks were found.
Thirsty cockroaches in search of water during WC drought
CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to insect conservation expert about the how lack of water is affecting insects.
New toilet flushes under 2 litres of water (inspired by an Arum Lily)
Innovative toilet system Arumloo is an innovative response to water conservation with most toilets using 9 -13 litres per flush.
WATCH: Capetonian kicks off shower bucket challenge
Local Gavin Thompson hopes that #capetownshowerbucketchallenge will inspire residents across the city to save and recycle water.
Mayor de Lille thanks Capetonians for water saving efforts #WaterWatch
Mayor wants City of Cape Town declared a disaster area and needs to look at other water avenues as dam levels drop further.
Environmental scientist supports CT mayor's disaster water crisis call
Dr Kevin Winter supports Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille's call for a disaster declaration in City due to the water crisis.
De Lille raises alarm bells over Cape water crisis, proposes new measures
Mayor Patricia De Lille wants to declare Cape Town a 'proactive disaster area' in order to secure funding for interventions.
Map of Top 100 water wasters (identified by streets)
Here are the worst water offenders in Cape Town named and shamed by street.
CT drought has no significant affect on underground water - Groundwater Division
Kieno Kamies finds out from Dr Roger Parsons if underground water is safe to use for agricultural and domestic purposes.
Stellies students embark on research of ground water reserves
The Know Your Water initiative initiated by Masters Students at Stellenbosch University looks to explore ground water reservoirs.
Average dam level drops to 31% in Western Cape
The Local Government Department says it is working hard to encourage water saving.
Elkanah House pupils go green with daily grey-water gardening campaign
Pupils at Elkanah House's Pre and Junior Primary in Blouberg are doing their part to save water in Cape Town.
Process underway to lift Gauteng water restrictions - gov
Water restrictions are now expected to be lifted in Gauteng municipalities after the Vaal Dam reached full capacity on Monday.
Gauteng dams full but water restrictions remain (for now)
Despite announcement about a lift on the current restrictions, residents will have to wait until next week before implemented.
Gauteng municipalities will have to decide on water restrictions
Water and Sanitation Department says it will lift water restrictions to municipalities in Gauteng following Vaal Dam 100% reach.
LISTEN: De Lille on when water offenders names will be released
Breakfast host Kieno Kammies said he was happy to release the names of water guzzlers in the City.
Growthpoint Properties reduces water consumption #WaterWatch
Big business is using grey water systems to save water and reduce costs.
Even I use a bucket when taking a shower - Helen Zille
The water challenge in the WC was discussed in the State of the Province Address. Premier Zille encouraged residents to save water
Govt explains why it’s not considering dredging of dams to increase storage
Is it viable to dredge the Cape’s dams – while levels are low – to increase their storage capacity?
De Lille to name and shame water guzzlers #WaterWatch
Over 20 000 people using over 50 000 l/month have been identified and admission of guilt fines will be made public on Monday.
Eek! Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille goes door-to-door to scold water-wasters
Water wasters, beware! The Cape Town Mayor has had enough of you. And she’ll tell you in your face…
Dam levels drop to 36, 2% this past week and water use increases #Waterwatch
From 13th of February 2017, dam levels have dropped to 36, 2%, which is 1, 2% down from a week ago. Listen to the latest update.
Steenberg saves water to make wine #WaterWatch
Steenberg Wine Estate invests in innovative technology to monitor water usage.
Capetalker complains building contractor using potable water
City's Xanthea Limberg explains why Strata Civils granted permission to use potable water to compact ground before laying cement.
V&A Waterfront sucks it up and uses sea water to keep cool #WaterWatch
Find out how this iconic tourist attraction the V&A Waterfront is using sea water in its air conditioning system.
[WATCH] Preschoolers pumped to sprinkle playground with grey water #WaterWatch
Watch this adorable video of water-wise preschoolers from Kids Company using washing water to green the school lawns.
Why cloud seeding to enhance rain will not work for W Cape #WaterWatch
It is possible to get water from the clouds, but weather expert says Western Cape frontal systems makes this unconducive.
Cape hospitality groups cut back on splashy habits to save water
Some hotel establishments in the Mother City have cut back on changing and washing linen every day in an effort to save water.
Preschool kids nifty recycling water project reaps rewards
Kids Company children carry buckets of water otherwise wasted from hand washing to water the lawn.
WaterWatch: Time has come to make far bolder plans
"Behaviour change is needed to deal with climate change." - National Department of Water Affairs in WC
[Watch ]Kieno Kammies visits the Steenbras Water Treatment Plant #WaterWatch
Take a look at how water moves from the dams to eventually become high-quality drinking water in your tap.
Cape hotels curtail water usage as dam levels drop #WaterWatch
Tsogo Sun's Cape Town hotels meet water-saving targets, thanks to low pressure showers, flow restriction and good communication.
Cape mosque and salon on water-saving wave as level 3B restrictions kick in
The City of Cape Town's level 3B water restrictions are now in full force and local establishments are doing their part to save.
Water-waster receives police warning #WaterWatch
A Bloubergstrand guest house owner got a police warning after hosing down his walls and windows despite Level 3b restrictions
29.2% dam water left in the Cape and suburbs guilty of heavy consumption
These are the worst suburb offenders of heavy water consumption
Drive dirty and save water #WaterWatch
Geoff Higgo, owner of Around About Cars is offering unwashed cars for hire at a discounted rate to help save water.
National drought continues despite recent rains
Dam levels have risen slightly but water restrictions will remain firmly in place.
Mini mayor explains Cape's Level 3B water restrictions
Councillor Xanthea Limberg elaborates on the restrictions put in place on Thursday.
Cape Town implements Level 3B water restrictions #WaterWatch
Cape Town City Council has raised the water restriction level. Read the full explanation here.
Cape's dam levels drop further, more water restrictions on the cards
City of Cape Town has confirmed that dam levels in the Western Cape are sitting at 40.4%, a reduction of two percent per week.
Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone
The latest figures show dam levels at 36.8%, which means they could run almost empty by the time 2017 the winter rains come.
Billions of cubic metres of water in Table Mountain Group Aquifer
Cape Town needs to find solutions to the water crisis facing the city - and the aquifer may well be the best option.
How to qualify for water restriction exemptions
Intensified water restrictions are on the cards and the City has strict eligibility criteria in place to help ensure residents comply.
Expert: Future weather forecasts could improve WC drought conditions
The City of CT has warned dam levels, currently at around 42.5% in capacity, could drop to 20% before the winter rain arrives.
Cape Town dam levels could reach 20% by the start of rainy season
Heavy water restrictions will be implemented if high consumption continues.
City cranks up spot checks on water restrictions
The City of Cape Town has increased its enforcement of water restrictions in a bid to reduce residents’ water wastage.