Cape Town - South Africans are faced with a mammoth responsibility in using our most valuable resource - water - sparingly.
So far, however, we haven't been doing a great job.
As the Western Cape's dam levels have dropped below 37% during this week, the city of Cap Town says a “monumental effort” is needed to decrease Cape Town’s water consumption. This after usage INCREASED by nearly 20 million litres per day in one week, despite the intensifying water crisis in the province.
On Monday, 13 February 2017, dam levels dropped a further 1,2%, compared to last week. And with the last 10% of a dam’s water not being usable, dam levels are effectively at 26,2%.
SEE: #BeWaterWise: Dam levels near rock bottom as Cape Town urges monumental effort to save water
While parts of South Africa's central and north-eastern regions received good rains during the first part of 2017, the Western Cape and Northern Cape are still in the grips of a drought - and water saving efforts are the only option we have to #SaveWater for everyone.
SEE: 4 SA dams' dire water levels from a bird's eye view
How can I help?
Because of the hard-felt effects of the drought, not just in Western Cape, it is easy to feel overwhelmed as to how we, as individuals, can save water. We often end up doing nothing, just because we don't know where to start!
Our advice is to take it one baby step at a time - which is why we have asked SA's Department of Water and Sanitation's advice on how little acts of consciousness can add up to make a world of a difference.
Check it out:
Want to know how much water you should be saving?
See this map that allows you to check the status of your province and your local dams. This data is provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation.