According to newspaper Correio da Manhã, the measure was suspended by the AMAL Algarve Intermunicipal Community after several opposition mayors expressed their intention not to raise tariffs.

The requirement for all Algarve municipalities to reduce water consumption this year by 15% compared to the same period in 2023 remains.

The sixteen mayors of the region are due to meet on March 8 to decide whether to adopt any alternative joint measures.