Dams supplying the South African city of Cape Town are now 81% full, a year after a chronic water shortage almost forced officials to cut the supply off entirely.
At this time last year the level was just 53%, News24 reports.
Residents have been praised for limiting their daily consumption of water, with current guidelines banning motorists from using hosepipes to wash their cars.
"Predictions show that rainfall will decrease further over years to come. We must therefore continue to use water wisely," the local government representative for environmental affairs, Anton Bredell, told reporters.
A man fills a large water bottle from a tap