NWRB increases water allocation for Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2020   •   454

MANILA, Philippines — The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will increase the allocation of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 46 cubic meters per second (CMS) to 48 CMS starting Thursday (May 14) until the end of May.

The additional 2 CMS raw water allocation from Angat Dam is a special requirement to sustain the steady supply of water during the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) pandemic.

Likewise, the NWRB said it is to address the high demand of consumers in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces of Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite amid the relatively high heat index this month of May.

“NWRB reiterates to our people to continue their practice of responsible use and conservation of water to further secure our needs in the succeeding months and for the Angat Dam to recover to a more comfortable level by the end of the year,” appealed NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

Typhoon Rolly fills Angat Dam; enough water supply to last up to 2021

Maris Federez   •   November 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The water level in Angat Dam has gone up to 202 meters Tuesday (November 3), close to reaching its normal level of 210 meters.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said the recent typhoons have significantly added to the supply of water in the dam.

The NWRB is confident that such an increase in the water level is enough to supply the whole of Metro Manila until the next dry season in the following year.

The agency added that apart from the recent typhoon, rains brought by La Niña has contributed a lot to cause the increasing water level in Angat Dam.

Based on the projection of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), more rains are expected in the coming days and that the 212-meter target water level of Angat Dam will be met by the end of the 2020.

With the increase of Angat Dam’s water supply, the NWRB has also increased the allocation of water in Metro Manila to 46 cubic meter per second (cms) this month from the previous 44 cms.

The agency, on the other hand, decreased the water allocation in the agricultural lands of Bulacan and Pampanga to 15 cms in time for the harvest season. — (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Angat Dam hits 200 meters, may reach full capacity by year end — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2020

File photo of Angat Dam

MANILA, Philippines — Water level in Angat Dam further increased following days of rainfall from the onset of tropical cyclones.

As of 6:00 a.m. Thursday (October 29), Angat Dam’s water level is at 200.15 meters, a 0.5 meter increase from 199.65 meters yesterday.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA’s record, Angat’s water level has improved by about 20 meters this month of October brought about by a series thunderstorms and tropical cyclones that entered the country.

To date, Angat Dam needs only about 10 meters of rain to reach its maximum capacity.

Angat Dam is the main water source for domestic requirement in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Meanwhile, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said water allocation to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will be increased from 44cms to 46cms but allocation for irrigation will be reduced from 30cms to 15cms.

Based on PAGASA’s projection, Angat’s water level may reach up to 212 meters by the end of December.

“Yes. For November ibinalik muna sa 46 cms ang MWSS and reduced ang NIA (National Irrigation Administration) from 30 to 15 cms at harvesting na sila,” said NWRB director Sevillo David Jr.

“Based on rainfall projections of PAGASA and prevailing La Niña period, aabutin ang normal high water level na 212 meters by end of December. We are closely monitoring developments,” he added. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Alokasyon ng tubig sa Metro Manila, muling babawasan simula Oct. 1 – NWRB

Robie de Guzman   •   September 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Babawasan ng National Water Resources Board (NWRB) ang alokasyon ng tubig sa Metro Manila simula sa Oktubre 1 dahil sa patuloy na pagbaba ng tubig sa mga dam.

Layunin nito na umabot hanggang sa susunod na taon ang kasalukuyang antas ng tubig sa mga dam para sa konsumo ng buong rehiyon ng Luzon.

Ayon sa NWRB, ibababa sa 44 cubic meters per second (cms) mula sa 46 cms ang ibibigay na alokasyon sa Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System para sa business at residential consumption.

Ibababa rin sa 25 cms mula sa 30 cms ang ilalaang tubig para sa irigasyon ng mga sakahan.

Sa monitoring ng PAGASA ngayong Martes, nasa 177.94 meters ang kasalukuyang lebel ng tubig sa Angat Dam, mas mababa ito ng tatlong metro mula sa 180 meters na minimum operating level.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng water concessionaires na Maynilad at Manila Water na sapat pa rin ang supply ng tubig at wala silang ipatutupad na water service interruption. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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