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
- 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:
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
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
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
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
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 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
Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.
Beaufort West is relying solely on boreholes and effluent water
The Gamka Dam which is the main source of drinking water is completely dry and the boreholes could soon run dry.
Water meter saving device changing kids habits at schools
Africa Melane talks to Pragma CEO Adriaan Scheeres, a partner with CapeTalk, Shoprite, Bridgiot and Stellies Uni in the challenge.
20% of water in Beaufort West is recycled sewage water. Could Cape Town be next?
Water expert Pierre Marais says effluent supplied by the municipality undergoes a lengthy treatment process before it's drinkable.
Beaufort West has reached its Day Zero
Municipal Manager, Kosie Haarhof says they are now relying on boreholes to supply the town with water as all the dams are empty.
300 volunteers arrive in Cape Town to build schools in Khayelitsha
The volunteers are part of the annual Mellon Educate blitz-build project which comes to South Africa every year to build schools.
WC Education Dept steps in to help schools save water
WC Education Department has committed to fund 40% of smart meter installations, urging corporates to cover the remaining 60%.
[VIDEO] Now you can let it mellow without the yuck factor
Do you really want to save on flushing but find the prospect of splashback off-putting? Here's your answer!
Local project slashes water usage at Cape school and spreads awareness
This smart meter initiative will save 1 million litres of water a day at the top 100 high-volume water-using schools in Cape Town.
Desalination plants aren't a panacea for water crisis, says myth-busting expert
Dr David Olivier says a range of combined efforts are needed to fight the water crisis and the misinformation that surrounds it.
100 Cape schools to save 1000s of litres with new water saving initiative
CapeTalk, Bridgiot and Shoprite install Dropula smart meters in Cape Town schools saving millions of litres of water and money.
Minister Mokonyane vows to prevent W Cape reaching Day Zero #WaterWatch
Minister of Water and Sanitation‚ Nomvula Mokonyane says they will do whatever it takes to prevent dam levels from reaching 0%.
A 'Spiky' shower curtain that will help monitor your time under the spray
Sustainable and inflatable shower curtain from the series "My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior".
UCT students invent effective shower water-capturing device
Shower Savvy is a Jerry can look-alike that one can stand on while taking a shower which stores up to 10 litres of grey water.
How to prevent stagnant stored water becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes
Many Capetonians are doing their bit to save water by collecting rainwater and even storing their greywater.
Cape's water crisis takes its toll on business
Chairperson for the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce of SA says the water shortage is drastically affecting the economy.
Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert
Epidemiologist and health expert Dr Jo Barnes says less flushing poses a risk for the City's sewage system and health of locals.
'Gigaba's approval will allow CoCT to speed up processes to deal with drought'
This now gives the Mayor the power to approve budget to deal with unavoidable expenditure to remedy the water crisis.
South Africa (and the world!) is experiencing a water crisis
Professor Anthony Turton says he's been trying to get South Africans to take the water crisis in the country seriously for years.
De Lille: A well run city will not run out of water
CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to the Mayor Patricia de Lille about the plans to supply the City as dam levels drop.
How 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour plans to use zero municipal potable water
Dave Bellairs of the Cycle Tour Trust chats to John Maytham about the plans in place.
City of Cape Town ready for the fire season despite drought - JP smith
Alderman JP Smith outlines how the City's firefighters are preparing for Cape Town's fire season which is fast approaching.
Why the delay in the City's Water Resilience Plan?
There seems to be a lot of red tape holding the City hostage from implementing plans to provide an additional water supply.
Zille on why we will avoid Day Zero
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille talks to John Maytham about the water crisis in the Western Cape
Cape's water rationing means inadequate measures to fight fires
There are concerns that even if companies are adhering to fire regulations there could be no water to extinguish fires.
How you can maintain your swimming pool without using municipal water
Water neutral pools are a way for pool and spa owners to eliminate the use of all potable water in their pools, says pool doctor.
Cape's water rationing in full swing, pressure drops even further
According to the City's James-Brent Styan, some areas might end up with no water as pressure drops even further during peak hours.
'Western Cape drought the worst in 40 years'
CEO at Agri Western Cape says the province is running into a crisis, the worst situation they ever had to deal with.
UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system
Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.
This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home
Mechanical engineer Andy Cunninghame has proven that it is possible to save municipal water by harvesting and filtering rainwater.
'City must build trust with Capetonians about the water crisis'
Dr David Olivier says City needs to be transparent as a sense of panic in Cape Town increases with the dam levels get worsening.
Elandsfontein aquifer under threat from mining company
West Coast Environmental Protection Association launched an urgent interdict as the company continued to dewater the aquifer.
Cape Town man makes money out of selling excess water amid drought
Henk Meyer had to find alternative ways to survive after CoCT banned construction companies from using municipal water.
Save like a Local water saving campaign aimed at Cape Town tourists
The "Save like a Local" campaign will focus on conscientising visitors about saving water while on holiday in the Mother City.
What does the law say about selling water?
CapeTalks Kieno Kammies speaks to a law expert at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr about legalities around the selling of water.
LISTEN: Cape Town City elaborates on water disaster plan
The City's Xanthea Limberg explains what each phase entails, adds that officials want to avoid worst case scenarios at all costs.
Expert critiques CoCT Water Disaster Plan
Prof Anthony Turton looks at some challenges with the City's water shortage plan and says some things needs to be revisited.
City must give Capetonians details to avoid panic over water plan, says expert
Environmental expert Dr Kevin Winter says the City's new Water Shortages Disaster Plan has created confusion and little clarity.
Chemistry students develop mechanism that saves 3000 litres of water per week
Before this mechanism was developed the lab at Stellenbosch University was wasting more than 200 litres of water daily.
CoCT: No swimming pools are exempt from water restrictions
Cllr Xanthea Limberg answered the question as to why the City is still permitting building swimming pools permission to fill up.
Is the Colour Run going to waste too much scarce Cape Town water?
Green Point Ratepayers Association Events Committee's Paige Nick and Cllr Dave Bryant debate the water quantity pegged for event.
City to target Cape's 50 000 water-guzzling households
The City of Cape Town has its sights on 50 000 homes that have been flagged as heavy users of water.
Civil engineer devises plan to use stormwater in Cape Town
Civil engineer and Ph.D. researcher John Okedi speaks to CapeTalk host John Maytham about his plans.
[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?
A government employee emailed John Maytham about what he or she believes is the real state of play with the Cape water crisis.
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
Four Western Cape municipalities are at high risk of running out of water.
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.