Another option is to get a different style of bowl. So for instance, if you currently use a stainless steel or transparent glass one, try a dark coloured ceramic bowl instead. Or maybe one with stripes or ridges in the interior that you fill to the same line every time. Larger surface area might also help.
very good advice!
What if you also put the food and water dishes under a towel. If your cat tolerates that then the towel might absorb some of the moisture from the paws immediately after drinking. just a thought.