NWRB says low water allocation will last throughout June

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2019   •   1067

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The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said lower water allocation will last until June.

READ: Angat Dam water level drops further to 159.43 meters

The NWRB has recently announced that they will further reduce the water allocation to 36 cubic per second after the water level in Angat Dam dipped lower than the critical level of 160 meters.

On Monday (June 24), officials of the Angat Technical Working Group agreed to maintain the low water allocation until June.

“At least for the month of June, although we monitored a low pressure area but this might not bring significant rainfall within Angat water shed,” NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo David Jr. said.

The NWRB also estimates that water level might dip to 157 meters which will be the lowest in history.

Meanwhile, the group Bukluran ng mga Manggagawang Pilipino has called on the government and water concessionaires to limit the use of water in several facilities and business establishments such as watering of golf courses and filling up swimming pools.

However, several businessmen, like the resort and function hall in Malate, Manila, oppose this idea.

According to Adora Espiritu, the admin officer of the said resort, they have already reduced the frequency of water replacement in their swimming pools due to the limited supply.

“Hindi kami masyadong nag a-accept ng events ngayon gawa ng water shortage. Kung dati po once a month, gagawin naming once every two months iyong sa chlorine and sa vacuum. (We don’t accept events for now due to the water shortage. Instead of using chlorine and vacuum once a month like before, we’ll just do it once every two months), she said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) confirmed that there will be rainfall at the Angat shed this week which is seen to increase water level.

PAGASA also explained that it will take four months of rainfall to fill the water level in Angat Dam to 180 meters. This is the normal operating level of Angat Dam.

“Kung magkaroon tayo ng significant rainfall for July which is in a period of 1 or 2 weeks then paunti-unti na pong dadami ang recharge, (If we have a significant rainfall for July which is in a period of 1 or 2 weeks of rainfall, then water level will increase),” said PAGASA’s weather specialist, Junie Ruiz.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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

NWRB reduces water allocation for Metro Manila as Angat Dam water level drops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2020

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has reduced water allocation for Metro Manila due to the continuous drop in Angat Dam’s water level.

“Continuous iyong decline ng level ng Angat Dam, and iyong mga rainfall na supposedly padating o inaasahang dumating nung July and August ay hindi na-realized based sa projection ng PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) so halos wala pa atang kalahati,” said NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr.

From the previous 48 cubic meter per second (cms), allocation will be reduced to 46 cms. David assured that this is still enough to address demand.

As of September 11 at 6:00 a.m., water level in Angat Dam was at 178.01 meters. Its minimum operating level is at 180 meters

Based on the September 11 update of PAGASA, the water level in Angat Dam went down to 178.01 meters, which is almost two meters below its minimum operating level of 180 meters. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

NWRB increases water allocation for Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2020

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)

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