Water level in major dams in Luzon on the rise amid rains
Marje Pelayo • July 23, 2018 • 5731
Photo captured by Charisse Cuaresma Laguerder yesterday in San Roque Dam located at Brgy. Cayanga Bugallon, Pangasinan
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Water level in major dams in Luzon continue to rise as multiple weather systems affect the country.
As of 6:00 a.m. Monday (July 23), Angat Dam’s water level in Bulacan rose by one meter from 195.8m on Sunday to 196.8m today.
At La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, water level rose to 76.03m today from 75.86m yesterday.
Water level at Ambuklao and Binga Dams exceeded critical level which prompted the opening of gates to facilitate release.
Ambuklao Dam in Benguet recorded an increase in water level by 0.76m from 750.26m yesterday to 751.02m today. Three of the dam’s gates remain open at a height of 1.5m.
Binga Dam in Agno River, also in Benguet, has recorded an increase in water reserve by almost a meter from 573.26m yesterday to 574.24m today. Four of the dam’s gates also remain open at a height of 4m.
Meanwhile, an embankment dam in Agno River, the San Roque Dam recorded the highest increase of 3.68m from 263.10m yesterday to 266.78m today.
Nueva Ecija’s Pantabangan Dam marked an increase of 1.32m from 191.28m yesterday to 192.6m today.
Magat Dam’s level in Cagayan has rose by 1.09m from 185.80m yesterday to 186.89m today while water level in Caliraya Dam in Lumban, Laguna also increased by 1.05m from 286.71m yesterday to 287.76m today. — Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo
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)
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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