Irrigation water in Bulacan, Pampanga from Angat Dam to last until May 16—NWRB

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 3, 2019   •   2377

Image of Angat Dam taken on May 2, 2019

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will stop allocating irrigation water from Angat Dam to Bulacan and Pampanga starting May 16 as water level drops below critical level.

The NWRB has begun reducing the allocation in the irrigation of the said provinces from 3,450 million liters per day to 2,590 million liters for the first two weeks of May.

READ: Water level in Angat dam declines further

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said the reduced allocation will not affect the said provinces because they are already close to harvest season.

“Sa tingin natin hindi makaka-apekto ito sa mga palayan diyan kasi nga po halos patapos na ang pagtatanim diyan at malapit na po mag-ani ang mga kababayan natin sa Bulacan at Pampanga kaya sa tingin natin hindi na ganun kalaki ang pangangailangan nila sa tubig sa panahon na ito, (We think this will not affect the crops in Bulacan and Pampanga because planting season is over and harvest season is near. We think their need for irrigation water supply will not be as much)” he said.

Meanwhile, the NWRB continues to monitor the water level in Angat Dam and will also continue to conduct cloud seeding to aid in the water supply.

“Masusi nating binabantayan ang kasalukuyang level at iyong mga development sa panahon kasi alam naman po natin na iyong pag-recover ng dam partikular ang Angat umaasa tayo sa mga pagulan, (We are carefully monitoring the water level and the development in the weather because the recovery of a dam, particularly in Angat [Dam] relies on rain)” according to David.

Water level in Angat Dam is currently in 177.5 meters from the 212 meters normal high water level.

The NWRB estimates that the water level will only reach as low as 173 meters before May ends.(with reports from Mon Jocson)

PAGASA declares end of El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

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)

Angat Dam water level improves at 176.72 meters

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

Angat Dam

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved, according to the latest record from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 6:00 AM Thursday (August 15), The water level in Angat Dam was at 176.72 meters, a 0.43-meter increase from 176.29 meters recorded on Wednesday (August 14).

Days of continuous rainshowers brought about by monsoon rains somehow replenished Angat Dam’s water reserve.

However, its water level remains below the dam’s minimum normal operating level of 180 meters.

Angat Dam is the main source of water supply for Metro Manila.

Water from Angat Dam still not enough for irrigation despite rains

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2019

Angat Dam

MANILA, Philippines – June marked the beginning of the wet season in the country and with days of continuous rains, about 700,000 hectares of rice farms have already been planted.

It includes about 70% or around 18,000 hectares of farmlands that depend on Angat Dam.

However, there is still no allocation for irrigation yet coming from Angat Dam because it’s water remains below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.

As of 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday (August 7), Angat Dam’s reserve remains at 169.63 meters.

“Worse comes to worst meron naman kaming naka standby na mga maliliit na bomba para ipamigay sa mga farmers na nangangailangan ng tubig, (we have deep wells on standby for distribution to the farmers in case they need water,) said Pilipina Bermudez of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Water level in La Mesa Dam, meanwhile, is also increasing as it has now hit 75.73 meters as of 6:00 am today.

La Mesa Dam is also one of the main sources of Manila Water who serves residents in the east zone of Metro Manila.

The water concessionaire said they have been supplying water to almost all of its customers 24/7.

Maynilad, on the other hand, is yet to complete its operations because only 91% of its clients are enjoying full service without interruptions so far. – with details from Rey Pelayo

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