Angat Dam water level drops further to 159.43 meters
Aileen Cerrudo • June 24, 2019 • 1137
Angat Dam water level further dropped from the 160-meter critical level.
From the water level of 159.78 meters last Saturday morning (June 22), it slightly dropped to 159.43 meters as of 6:00 a.m. on Sunday (June 23).
Due to this the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said they will again reduce water allocation in Metro Manila to 36 cubic meters per second (cms).
Customers of water concessionaires in Metro Manila will have to experience longer water supple interruptions.
Maynilad posted on Facebook their advisory on water interruption schedule in several areas. Some of these places will experience water interruption for as long as 15 hours. Manila Water on the other hand can take up to 17 hours.
Both water concessionaires said they will continue implementing water interruptions while waiting for rains that can resolve the problem in Angat Dam.
According to the NWRB, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has reported that there will be possible rains at Angat Dam by July.
“Base po sa latest projection ng PAGASA ngayong July magkakaroon po ng ,ga significant rainfall sa Angat Water shed but we are hoping that in July dating po ng mas maaga iyan para po, makapabalik na makapag-recharge iyong tubig sa Angat Dam at mag-increase na iyong level (Based on the latest projection of PAGASA this July, there will be a significant rainfall in Angat Water shed but we are hoping that it will come earlier so the Angat Dam can recharge and increase its water level),” according to NWRB Executive Director Dr. Servillo David Jr.
PAGASA estimates that two to three typhoons are needed to fill the Angat Water shed.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has declared the end of weak El Niño which has started in the last quarter of 2018.
This means that the temperature in the Pacific Ocean has returned to normal and will remain so until the end of 2019.
During the past three to five months, areas of Oriental Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat experienced less rainfall.
But this August, PAGASA expects normal rainfall level in areas of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, most parts of Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan Del Norte, and Surigao Del Norte.
The El Niño has incurred P7.963-B worth of damage in agriculture across the country, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in JUNE 27, 2019.
This is apart from other problems such as the water crisis that hit Metro Manila when the level of water reserve in Angat Dam dipped below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.
For now, the dam’s supply is gradually recovering as it hit 177.12 meters at 6:00 a.m. today (August 16).
With this development, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may soon increase water allocation in Metro Manila to 40 cubic meters per second from the current 36 cubic meters per second, according to the agency’s Executive Director Sevillo David. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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