Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is hopeful that as dam levels increase, it can relax water restrictions and consider the possibility of lowering the associated tariffs.
The tariffs have been a source of growing discontent among the city's residents, who have questioned some of the methodology in hiking the rates.
The City of Cape Town, with its partners at provincial and national government level, is due to reassess the situation in August.
"The City has maintained that a risk overview is required to determine when an appropriate time would be to relax restrictions slightly," Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Neilson said.
"The reason that an assessment is needed is born from two considerations: to ensure that water consumption remains as low as possible to boost the reserve water in the dams ahead of the summer months; and to help the dams recover adequately going forward. The other consideration is our consumers, the pressure on them and the sacrifices they have made to help Cape Town get through the severe drought.