Water storage urged as Angat Dam’s reserve dips near critical level

Marje Pelayo   •   June 17, 2019   •   1735

MANILA, Philippines – Water level in Angat Dam is nearing critical level, according to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), despite state weather bureau PAGASA’s announcement of the onset of the rainy season last Friday (June 14).

Thus, customers of Manila Water and Maynilad are advised to store water in the days to come in preparation for possible water problems.

“We wanted to clarify na sa ngayon hindi pa ganuoon ka-komportable ang sitwasyon kung ang pinaguusapan natin ay ang suplay ng tubig sa metro manila,” explained NWRB Director Sevillo David Jr. said.

(We wanted to clarify that we cannot be that comfortable with the current situation in terms of water supply in Metro Manila.)

“Kasi po sa ngayon is way below normal po and natatanggap nating tubig sa Angat Dam,” he added.

(It is because the (water supply) we receive for Angat Dam is still way below normal.)

As of 6:00 a.m. Monday (June 17), Angat Dam’s water level is at 162.39 meters, only about two meters high that its critical level of 160 meters.

According to the NWRB, Angat Dam can still supply the water requirements to Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan even with only 160 meters to 155 meters water reserve.

However, the public will have to work on a very limited supply of water if that happens.

The NWRB said Angat Dam’s reserve may dip up to 155 meters if rains will be scarce until the third week of July.

PAGASA said the El Nino phenomenon may persist up to October this year and the only way to increase water level in Angat Dam is through the entry of tropical cyclones.

“Actually, itong mga dams naman natin talagang mapupuno ito. Two to three bagyo lang puno na iyan (Actually, two to three cyclones are enough to fill our dams),” said DR. Esperanza Cayanan, Chief of PAGASA Weather Forecasting Division.

Maynilad and Manila Water started implementing low pressure to no water during peak hours to their customers since last week.

But if Angat Dam’s water level reaches the critical level, the water concessionaires will opt to implement water service interruptions during peak hours.

The water distributor assured, however, that they will give their customers enough time to store water for their domestic needs prior to service interruptions.

“When that happens na mareach natin ang 160 meters sa Angat Dam then we would have to implement officially this time yung rotational service interruptions na and it will be implemented mararamdaman during peak hours,” said Jennifer Rufo of Maynilad.

(When that happens that Angat Dam reaches 160 meters, we would have to implement officially the rotational service interruption during peak hours.)

“Ang standing order namin is as much as possible gawin natin sa gabi. Pero siguro may mga pagkakataon yung ibang ibang areas depending on the design of the distribution network may ibang tatamaan na during peak,” said Ferdinand Dela Cruz of Manila Water.

(Our standing order is to implement it as much as possible in the evening. But there would be instances in some areas depending on the design of the distribution network that the interruptions would be during peak hours.)

If Angat Dam’s water level reaches 155 meters this year, it will be the lowest in history according to the NWRB as compared to 157 meters, the lowest recorded in 2010. (with reports from Joan Nano)

Zambales, parts of Pangasinan still under Wind Signal #1 due to TD Butchoy

Marje Pelayo   •   June 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Butchoy maintains its strength while moving west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea.

As of 7:00 AM Friday (June 12),  the center of TD Butchoy was estimated based on all available data at 50 km West of Iba, Zambales.

It is moving towards the west-northwest direction at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

The weather agency PAGASA has lifted Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 over Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and some municipalities in Pangasinan.

However, Wind Signal number 1 remains over Zambales and western portion of Pangasinan where  Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains is expected throughout the day.

PAGASA advised residents in affected areas to prepare for possible flashfloods and landslides.

It advises residents to coordinate with local disaster authorities and constantly monitor PAGASA updates for precautionary actions. 

TD ‘Butchoy’ makes landfall over Polillo, Infanta in Quezon – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2020

Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Butchoy’ has made landfall over Polillio and Infanta, Quezon on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, And Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said.

In its 8 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said ‘Butchoy’ made landfall over Polillo at around 5:30 p.m., and Infanta at six in the evening.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number one remains hoisted over Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, and the southern portion of Aurora.

Signal number one has also been raised over Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Camarines Norte, and the northern and central portions of Quezon Province.

The state weather bureau said moderate to heavy, and at times, intense rains will be experienced in various areas of Luzon between Thursday night and Friday morning.

PAGASA warned that flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

Tropical depression ‘Butchoy’ was last spotted in the vicinity of General Nakar, Quezon.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 75 kilometers per hour as it moves west-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour.

Tropical depression Butchoy is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday.

Wind Signal No. 1 raised over Metro Manila, parts of Luzon due to Tropical Depression ‘Butchoy’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) east of Quezon Province has developed into tropical depression (TD) ‘Butchoy,’ according to the latest report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 4:00 pm on Thursday (June 11), PAGASA located the eye of TD Butchoy at 75 km Northwest of Daet, Camarines Norte.

It is moving West-Northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

Thus, PAGASA raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (CWS) No. 1 over the following areas:

  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Pangasinan
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Tarlac
  • Pampanga
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Bulacan
  • The southern portion of Aurora
  • The northern and central portion of Quezon
  • Camarines Norte

Under TCWS #1, winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

TD Butchoy is forecast to cross Polillo Islands and make landfall over northern Quezon-southern Aurora area between tonight and tomorrow morning Friday (June 12).

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