Theewaterskloof after the start of the winter rains...
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
- 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:
20% drop in new arrivals to CPT due to drought publicity #DayZero
The Day Zero campaign was used to create awareness locally, but was received negatively by the international community.
Grand West launches water purification plant to be completely off the grid
GrandWest GM Mervyn Naidoo says they had to come up with long term plans to handle the water crisis in Cape Town.
Smart Water Meter Challenge saving 100 million litres of water
Prof Thinus Booysen gives an update on the Smart Meter installation in WC schools and how much water has been saved.
Tourists still enjoying Cape Town, despite the drought
Cape Town Tourism released a video of tourists sharing positive experiences in the Mother City despite water scarcity problems.
One of our biggest water issues is alien trees - Dr Emma Archer
Water report reveals that when forests are chopped down, they disrupt regional rainfall patterns.
Can the CoCT afford to relax water restrictions this winter?
According to Dr Kevin Winter, the City can relax the restrictions as long as it still meets the DWS water license requirements.
If CoCT gets its way, Capetonians could see some let up of water restrictions
Deputy Mayor City of Cape Town Ian Neilson says they can't relax water restrictions without getting DWS consent.
Forget desalination, first clear alien trees to save CT's water supply - expert
Clearing alien plants from key water catchments could yield better returns than groundwater extraction or desalination plants.
#WATERWATCH: Restrictions to be lifted when dam levels reach 85% says DWS
The Department of Water and Sanitation says despite recent rainfall, water restrictions in Cape Town will remain for now.
4000 informal settlements affected by Cape flooding
The City's Mandy Thomas says no evacuations or emergency shelter were needed during the heavy downpours.
[WATCH] Inspiring video of latest Cape dams
The dams are looking good and a far cry from the photos and videos that circulated in summer.
IN PICTURES: Heavy rain wreaks havoc on Cape Town, ice on roads
Numbers of homes experienced flooding over the weekend and Cllr Heron urges residents not to dump rubbish in storm water systems.
New Cape Town water tariffs kick in
Mayco Member Xanthea Limberg explains what the new tariff structure will look like and who is likely to be affected by it.
No Day Zero for 2019 if appropriate water restrictions are maintained
The City of Cape Town says the taps won't be turned off in 2019.
New smart device helps families measure household water usage via mobile app
GaugeIT allows consumers to engage more by providing near-real time water consumption information directly to their mobile phones.
Why the shortfall in rainfall in the WC this winter?
Climate scientist Dr Peter Johnston explains why the Western Cape is not receiving as much rain as it should this winter.
Research probes citizens views on Cape water crisis
The Global Water Leaders Group will present preliminary results of a study evaluating Cape Town's water crisis.
Cape dam levels on the rise, but not all clear yet
This week, the overall dam levels are at 40.9% of total storage capacity and there was an increase of 8.8 percentage points.
Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals
Lead scientists Andres Shepherd says that the Antarctica is melting at an alarming rate.
City officials handing out flood kits at informal settlements
Philippi, Nyanga, Langa, Strand, Strandfontein, Kensington, Khayelitsha and Atlantis have all been affected by the heavy rainfall.
ALERT: WhatsApp message on 'hurricane storm' in Cape Town is fake
The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Centre has been inundated with calls after a fake weather warning circulated on WhatsApp.
CoCT amends water by-laws to hit landlords and plumbers hard
The City's Council has voted to approve a number of proposed amendments and play a greater oversight role.
Heavy rains and strong winds expected for the WC
The SA Weather Service is forecasting heavy rains and strong winds in the Western Cape this Thursday and Friday.
First solar desalination plant to be built in the Western Cape
The local arm of French company Turn Key Water Solutions has developed a solar desalination plant to be opened in October 2018.
More rainy days needed in CPT to recover from drought
Climatologist at UCT have been gauging the impact of the recent rainfall on the City of Cape Town's dam levels.
Two healthcare facilitates in CT closed after flooding
The City of Cape Town describes the damaged caused by heavy downpours and gale force winds on Thursday night.
Cape Town water crisis: not yet out of the woods, but looking promising
Department of Water and Sanitation says the dam levels are rising positively following recent rains as more rain is expected.
De Lille lowers proposed water tariff hikes in refined budget plan
The tariff increases have been reduced from what was initially proposed in the draft budget in March.
A silver lining to Cape Town's water woes
If Cape Town were to receive just average rainfall this winter we could enjoy a far less stressful summer.
Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution
Dr Kevin Winter says stormwater harvesting could be a water augmentation solution.
Bread consumption in South Africa is declining
Executive Director at the South African Chamber of Baking, Geoff Penny, explains why the price of bread has declined.
'I found red worms in my rainwater tank', says Claremont local
Di, a CapeTalk listener, says she had her rainwater tanks installed a few months ago and hadn't been treating the water.
Water woes continue in WC this winter
Several desalination plants in the Western Cape are not yet in operation.
City of Cape Town proposing a 55% water tariff hike
City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson, explains the proposed water tariff hike.
Water released from Berg River Dam replenishes supply for West Coast towns
Water was pumped into the Misverstand Dam from the Berg River Dam to help alleviate pressure from the ongoing drought.
Invasive alien vegetation a major threat to Cape dam levels - scientist
Alien trees currently reduce water supply to dams by over 100 megalitres per day, says biodiversity scientist Jasper Slingsby.
Cape rains have made a slight dent on the drought says national water dept
Spokesperson for the Department of Water Affairs Sputnik Ratau says two good rainy seasons are needed to turn things around.
Zandvlei water area closed over high E.coli count
City official Julia Wood explains that high E.coli levels emanate from sewage that was flowing from a collapsed mainline sewer.
Big water users exiting the grid may mean less money in City coffers
Cape Town Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says there have been almost 30 000 comments on proposed 27% water tariff of hike.
City responds to Langa family left without water for two weeks
The City of Cape Town apparently installed a water management device on 6 April, and the family had no running water as a result.
Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall
Climate expert, Piotr Wolski, says the city will know towards the end of May whether 2018 is a good or bad year.
Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero
Government has put plans in place to prevent the Misverstand Dam from running dry in a week's time.
Ladismith is not experiencing Day Zero - WC govt
The Western Cape government has disputed claims that the town of Ladismith in the Central Karoo is only a few days from Day Zero.
Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain
Wattapac is a water-saving bladder and pump designed to help plumbers save as much as 1 000 litres of water a day.
EPL Picks: Spurs look to thwart City's title celebrations
With a handful of games remaining in the English Premier League the league continues with Manchester City looking to wrap the title.
Magnetic paint manufacturer drives water education for poorer kids
Mike McLennan, MagWall's creative director, says the play-kits can be used as a platform for expanding creative play.
'CT residents billed for water management devices when they ignore restrictions'
Some locals have complained about the involuntary installation, which costs them R4000 each. Councillor Xanthea Limberg explains.
Cape April rainfall could predict levels for the year
Scientists predict if W Cape gets above normal rainfall by end of April, it will likely have above normal rainfall for the year.
CoCT justifies proposed tariff hikes
Cape Town residents to be hit hard as the City proposes an increase in tariffs.
Water-smart projects in WC nominated for annual eco awards
The Eco-Logic Awards identify individuals, organisations and communities in SA that are helping create a sustainable world.
Spike in water use in CT following Day Zero denouncement
This World Water Day, Kieno Kammies gets the latest on the water crisis in Cape Town.
Water Files: 'We MUST protect our natural water resources' - WWF
WWF's Christine Colvin speaks to Africa Melane about the importance of taking good care natural water resources.
Augmented water supplies will have to wait, as thieves plunder drilling sites
“We urge residents to partner with us if they’re aware of any irregular activity,” says City of Cape Town’s Xanthea Limberg.
Virgin Active reports 61% drop in municipal water use over two years
Virgin Active will soon roll out grey water systems across all its clubs. This is expected to further drop municipal consumption.
Fact Check: How many litres does it take to produce one litre of bottled water?
Africa Check interrogates how much water goes into producing a 1 litre bottle.
Smart water device 'Dropula' installed in 173 schools in WC - saving over R2m
The smart water saving device has helped schools save up to 3 million litres of water and 2.17 million rand
R5m worth of CoCT assets targeted by vandals and thieves
According to Councillor Xanthea Limberg, R5 million worth of assets have been stolen at drilling sites in the Cape Flats.
SA loses a third of its precious, dwindling water supply to leaky infrastructure
Ray White interviews Professor Anthony Turton (Centre for Environmental Management at University of Free State).