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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 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 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.

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 Day Zero pushed to June #WaterCrisisUpdate

Cape Town Day Zero pushed to June #WaterCrisisUpdate

The City of Cape Town says there are no foreign consulates who have asked for exemption from the water restrictions.

Water and Sanitation Dept kicks off #SaveWater campaign in Cape Town

Water and Sanitation Dept kicks off #SaveWater campaign in Cape Town

The department is encouraging all South Africans to keep saving water as parts of country grapple with one of the worst droughts.

WWF Water Files: Power of pulling together

WWF Water Files: Power of pulling together

WWF's Christine Colvin shares ways in which communities can unite and have conversations around saving water in a drought.

'Boreholes have no major impact on groundwater resources'

'Boreholes have no major impact on groundwater resources'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews South African National Bottled Water Association Chairperson John Weaver.

'New Day Zero projection doesn't factor water supply from Palmiet-Kogelberg dam'

'New Day Zero projection doesn't factor water supply from Palmiet-Kogelberg dam'

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson explains the factors which have been taken into consideration to determine the new Day Zero, 4 June.

[READ] City of Cape Town: Day Zero moves to 4 June

[READ] City of Cape Town: Day Zero moves to 4 June

Read Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson's statement crediting Capetonians water saving and generous farmers with the date push back.

Capetonians water use dropped below 500 million litres a day over weekend!

Capetonians water use dropped below 500 million litres a day over weekend!

The City of Cape Town says it is delighted to see that Capetonians are adhering to water restrictions and lowering consumption.

Water sterilising products could help Capetonians save more water

Water sterilising products could help Capetonians save more water

Milton brand manager Nicola Hickman believes the products help purify drinking water and sterilise grey water for household use.

City must dispense with Day Zero until after winter rainfall, says climate guru

City must dispense with Day Zero until after winter rainfall, says climate guru

Dr Peter Johnston says officials must keep encouraging water saving in CT, but should dispense with the idea of Day Zero for now.

Nifty 'Hippo Roller' barrel may help CT residents collect and carry heavy water

Nifty 'Hippo Roller' barrel may help CT residents collect and carry heavy water

An invention, known as the Hippo Roller, could be the solution to carrying heavy containers of water, should Day Zero arrive.

Herzlia High to host water summit for Cape's drought

Herzlia High to host water summit for Cape's drought

The initiative. driven by learners, will feature a number of experts and other schools to inform and brainstorm ideas.

Capetonians water saving shows results

Capetonians water saving shows results

Water consumption in Cape Town has dropped to 540 million litres a day meaning residents are listening to the plea to save water.

A simple guide to determine the value of a water saving or water creation idea

A simple guide to determine the value of a water saving or water creation idea

Understanding the size of the water supply needs of Cape Town will help determine which projects make the most sense.

Dischem to donate over 100 000 litres of water to vulnerable organisations in CT

Dischem to donate over 100 000 litres of water to vulnerable organisations in CT

Dischem's #CauseWeCare water campaign asks customers to donate and drop-off 5-litre of bottles of water at till points in store.

#CTWaterCrisis: Here are a few alternatives to flushing

#CTWaterCrisis: Here are a few alternatives to flushing

WWF Freshwater Programmes manager Christine Colvin suggests ways to flush the toilet and the difficulties of using sea water.

CoCT may reconsider the use of 'Day Zero' after the phrase receives backlash

CoCT may reconsider the use of 'Day Zero' after the phrase receives backlash

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilsen says he believes the phrase is damaging to the City's reputation and prefers the use of the term Level 7.

Drought is harshly affecting the economy of SA - Economist

Drought is harshly affecting the economy of SA - Economist

Economist Dr Iraj Abedian says government knew about the drought 17 years ago but did nothing and now the economy is suffering.

'SA's demand for water continues to outstrip supply'

'SA's demand for water continues to outstrip supply'

SA has overexploited its national water system for years, and the problem is becoming harder and costlier to fix, researcher says.

'Taps won't run dry in Cape Town' Minister Des van Rooyen

'Taps won't run dry in Cape Town' Minister Des van Rooyen

The Minister of cooperative governance says if everyone plays their part Day Zero will be defeated in the Western Cape.

Laundry piling up? Tips on how to keep clothes fresh and avoid wasteful washing

Laundry piling up? Tips on how to keep clothes fresh and avoid wasteful washing

Clothes need a wash? Here's advice on how to be water smart when doing laundry and how to extend the lifespan of your threads.

No significant impact on property market due to drought in WC

No significant impact on property market due to drought in WC

Property expert at FNB says they can't really tell if there's been a negative impact in property market in WC due to drought.

Western Cape govt reveals the province's dam management strategy

Western Cape govt reveals the province's dam management strategy

The biggest dam in the Western Cape, the Theewaterskloof, is currently sitting at 12% and dropping drastically due to evaporation.

CT is open for business despite water crisis - Tourism Business Council of SA

CT is open for business despite water crisis - Tourism Business Council of SA

Vice-chairman Tourism Business Council of SA, Ravi Nadasen, says Cape Town is still open for business.

Want to help with Cape's water crisis? Add R5 to your Shoprite purchases

Want to help with Cape's water crisis? Add R5 to your Shoprite purchases

Shoprite/Checkers customers can now help Capetonians with the water crisis by adding R5 to their purchase.

WWF Water File: Only Atlantic seaboard can flush with seawater

WWF Water File: Only Atlantic seaboard can flush with seawater

This week's Wednesday Water Files by the World Wide Fund looks at the option of using seawater to flush toilets.

Increasingly anxious Capetonians break the bank to buy water-related stuff

Increasingly anxious Capetonians break the bank to buy water-related stuff

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Price Check CEO Kevin Tucker about bone-dry Cape Town’s booming water economy.

Cape Town firm GrahamTek to build R5bn desalination plant in… Saudi Arabia!

Cape Town firm GrahamTek to build R5bn desalination plant in… Saudi Arabia!

Cape Town needs it. Saudi Arabia is getting it. The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn.

Water Ass. CEO: We had water left so we'd rather give it to Cape Town

Water Ass. CEO: We had water left so we'd rather give it to Cape Town

7000 to 10 000 megalitres of water began being donated on Tuesday morning as the valves were opened in Palmiet River area.

FlySafair to allow 5 litres on board when travelling to Cape Town

FlySafair to allow 5 litres on board when travelling to Cape Town

The airline has also rubbished claims that it has instructed its crew not to comment on the drought situation in Cape Town.

Selling of water in Cape Town is prohibited amid drought

Selling of water in Cape Town is prohibited amid drought

Law enforcement received a tip off from a Facebook post of someone selling water to residents and immediately put a stop to it.

Zille: We have to push Day Zero back to end of June to feel safe

Zille: We have to push Day Zero back to end of June to feel safe

Western Cape Premier says the Palmiet River farmers have generously transferred water from private dams to the Steenbras Dam.

12 tips on how to use less water in the kitchen

12 tips on how to use less water in the kitchen

Celebrity chef Zola Nene and callers suggest a few ideas on how to use less water when preparing meals and washing dishes.

More CT neighbourhoods banding together on water-saving plans, says blogger

More CT neighbourhoods banding together on water-saving plans, says blogger

Blogger Helen Moffett says more local communities appear to be pooling together their resources as the Cape braces for Day Zero.

Water consumption in Cape Town continues to drop as Day Zero looms

Water consumption in Cape Town continues to drop as Day Zero looms

The City confirmed that water consumption has dropped to 560 million litres a day, which could push day zero a bit further.

Smart Water Meter challenge in 358 schools saves 18 million litres of water

Smart Water Meter challenge in 358 schools saves 18 million litres of water

So far the initiative has saved over 18 million litres of water and continued support from Capetonians has been remarkable.

Limberg debunks misconceptions over draft water by-laws

Limberg debunks misconceptions over draft water by-laws

The City's Xanthea Limberg sets the record straight given the misinformation being spread among residents.

City hunting down alleged water crooks drawing water at Liesbeek River

City hunting down alleged water crooks drawing water at Liesbeek River

It's alleged that the truck, carrying multiple tankers, has been illegally drawing water at Liesbeek River all week around 11pm.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg on City of Cape Town water crisis plans

Cllr Xanthea Limberg on City of Cape Town water crisis plans

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to CT Mayco member for water, Xanthea Limberg about some of the City's plans for Day Zero and beyond.

Naked Scientist: Is there a DIY method to extract salt from seawater?

Naked Scientist: Is there a DIY method to extract salt from seawater?

Naked Scientist Chris Smith says there are methods but it's really tricky.

Evergreen Retirement Villages to provide residents with water come Day Zero

Evergreen Retirement Villages to provide residents with water come Day Zero

Development director Cobus Bedeker says no residents will have to queue and outlines comprehensive water saving plan.

Cape film and events companies told to find alternate water sources

Cape film and events companies told to find alternate water sources

Alderman JP Smith says the City has added a provision to the permits asking film makers and event organisers to make water plans.

Call for video, pics of water wasters as tighter restrictions imposed

Call for video, pics of water wasters as tighter restrictions imposed

Fines to the tune of R4 000 were handed to individuals who are still unwilling to comply to water restrictions across the City.

We should have a trial run of Day Zero, says groundwater expert

We should have a trial run of Day Zero, says groundwater expert

Groundwater specialist Dr Roger Parsons believes Capetonians need to experience a trial run of Day Zero in order to quit wasting.

Dr Green shares Day Zero hygiene tips

Dr Green shares Day Zero hygiene tips

Health and wellness expert Dr Darren Green has shared some advice for Cape Town residents concerned about hygiene as taps run dry.

Water from Strandfontein desalination plant to pump into municipal grid by May

Water from Strandfontein desalination plant to pump into municipal grid by May

The Cape Flats aquifer in Mitchells Plain is expected to come on to the municipal system by June.

'Day Zero can be avoided if consumption is reduced'

'Day Zero can be avoided if consumption is reduced'

Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson says for Cape Town to avoid Day Zero, overall consumption should be reduced to 450 litres a day.

Zille outlines plans for hospitals and schools, clarifies controversial tweet

Zille outlines plans for hospitals and schools, clarifies controversial tweet

Premier Helen Zille has briefed hospitals and schools on plans that have been put in place should Day Zero come.

Salvage master explains why towing icebergs from Antarctica is a solution

Salvage master explains why towing icebergs from Antarctica is a solution

Captain Nicholas Sloane explains that loose floating icebergs are only about 1000 nautical miles away from the Cape.

Oasis says doors remain open for buying and refilling of water in CT

Oasis says doors remain open for buying and refilling of water in CT

Major water supplier Oasis Water plans to source trucks of bulk water from outside of Cape Town to supplement its current supply.

Maimane's water crisis takeover in CT undermines Constitution - Pierre de Vos

Maimane's water crisis takeover in CT undermines Constitution - Pierre de Vos

Law fundi Pierre De Vos says allowing DA's Mmusi Maimane to take the reigns in Cape Town's water crisis response flouts democracy.

Understanding Cape Town's underground water supply

Understanding Cape Town's underground water supply

Water researcher Dr Kirsty Carden explains underground water supplies as Cape Town faces a massive water crisis.

How to make sure your drinking water is clean

How to make sure your drinking water is clean

WWF SA provides Water Files to help Capetonians deal with the water crisis in the province and prepare for the looming Day Zero.

Transporting waters to Cape will be costly says water and sanitation specialist

Transporting waters to Cape will be costly says water and sanitation specialist

‘A lot of people are putting well points in their back gardens' - Richard Holden, water and sanitation specialist .

'Operation Camissa is the very definition of fake news! Stop sending it to me!'

'Operation Camissa is the very definition of fake news! Stop sending it to me!'

John Maytham says this 5-year old story has no relevance to the current water situation and the water IS being used by the City.

Water company H2O International to suspend water refilling service across Cape

Water company H2O International to suspend water refilling service across Cape

H20 Int. says its core business model is selling water purification systems and denies wasting any municipal water in the process.

This guilt-free pedicure doesn't use any water

This guilt-free pedicure doesn't use any water

A Cape Town spa has found a way to be part of the solution by offering some waterless beauty treatments. Listen to learn just how.

Could composting toilets bring relief to CT's sewer system? Humanure 101

Could composting toilets bring relief to CT's sewer system? Humanure 101

Where will your toilet waste go if the taps run dry in Cape Town? Here's how solid human waste can be made into compost.

[LISTEN] CoCT daily updates and countdown to Day Zero

[LISTEN] CoCT daily updates and countdown to Day Zero

When the dam levels reaches 13.5% percent, the City will switch off taps to optimise the remaining 3% for collection points.

Cape Town is open for business amidst drought: SA Tourism

Cape Town is open for business amidst drought: SA Tourism

CEO of SA Tourism Sisa Ntshona says the industry cannot afford to lose their global recognition.

Maimane adamant Day Zero can be avoided if 500 million litres adhered to

Maimane adamant Day Zero can be avoided if 500 million litres adhered to

DA's Mmusi Maimane as well as Water and Sanitation's Sputnik Ratau asked Capetonians to continue saving water to avoid Day Zero.