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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 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 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

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Articles

Koeberg reveals plans to install a desalination plant

Koeberg reveals plans to install a desalination plant

Koeberg's power station manager speaks about plans to reduce the power station's consumption of fresh water.

WC hopes lie in water indaba with just 11% usable water left

WC hopes lie in water indaba with just 11% usable water left

The City has been considering aquifers as a way to solve water problems, but it's not as easy as it sounds.

Water crisis could have been prevented - water expert

Water crisis could have been prevented - water expert

Water expert Professor Mike Muller breaks down what's led to Cape Town's water problem.

Free water to good home

Free water to good home

CapeTalk caller Cath is offering 35000 litres of pool water - and nobody seems interested. Any takers?

Lower than normal rainfall in the Western Cape (and what this means for CT)

Lower than normal rainfall in the Western Cape (and what this means for CT)

Climate scientist Dr Peter Johnstone explains the high-pressure cell, causing less rain than usual at this time of year.

Cape's garden centres hard hit by drought

Cape's garden centres hard hit by drought

Owner of Super Plants shares with CapeTalk's Kienno Kammies how the lack of rain in the province has affected business.

WC dam levels continue to drop despite recent rains

WC dam levels continue to drop despite recent rains

Xanthea Limberg says despite the recent rains in the Western Cape, the water situation remains critical.

City of Cape Town has reduced water pressure as dam levels decline further

City of Cape Town has reduced water pressure as dam levels decline further

The City says current consumption is over above the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day.

Graphene-based sieve could convert sea water into drinking water

Graphene-based sieve could convert sea water into drinking water

Project leader Dr Rahul Nair talks about the results released in the Nature Nanotechonology scientific journal.

SAB urges public to stop abusing free water at Newlands Spring

SAB urges public to stop abusing free water at Newlands Spring

There have been several reports of abuse of the facility, with a number of people tapping far more water than is allowed.

Seven more WC municipalities to be declared disaster areas

Seven more WC municipalities to be declared disaster areas

As dam levels continue to drop, Western Cape local government considers declaring more municipalities disaster areas.

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.

What you can expect at this year's Cape Town Cycle Tour (No water wasting)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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 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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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.

Vaal Dam about to reach 100% capacity

Vaal Dam about to reach 100% capacity

A few months ago the dam was only 27% full.

LISTEN: De Lille on when water offenders names will be released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 saves water to make wine #WaterWatch

Steenberg Wine Estate invests in innovative technology to monitor water usage.

Capetalker complains building contractor using potable water

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

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] 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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

29.2% dam water left in the Cape and suburbs guilty of heavy consumption

These are the worst suburb offenders of heavy water consumption