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

Marje Pelayo   •   June 17, 2019   •   1420

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)

PAGASA clarifies ‘Haze Bulletin’ issued from unofficial social media account

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — State weather service PAGASA clarified alleged ‘haze bulletin’ circulating over social media.

In its official social media page, DOST-PAGASA stressed it has not issued any haze bulletin.

PAGASA said the alleged haze bulletin was posted on “Dost_PAGASA Visayas” Facebook page which the agency did not claim as among its official accounts.

All PAGASA products from its central and regional offices are posted on the following official social media accounts:

Website: bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
Facebook: Dost_pagasa
Twitter: @dost_pagasa
Youtube: DOST-PAGASA WEATHER REPORT

“The public is advised to remain vigilant against unofficial information coming from unverified sources,” the agency said.

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TS Nimfa no direct effect on PH, to leave PAR on Saturday

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Nimfa has no direct effect on the Philippines, according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

As of 4:00 Friday (September 20), the weather system was located at 58km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75kph and gustiness of 90kph.

It is moving westward at a speed of 25kph.

TS Nimfa is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday morning (September 21), PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is currently affecting Central and Southern Luzon.

According to PAGASA’s forecast, monsoon rains will prevail over CALABARZON and the provinces of Mindoro, Marindique and Romblon.

Occasional rains will affect Metro Manila and Central Luzon while scattered rainshowers will prevail over the rest of Luzon.

Also, isolated rains will drench areas in Visayas and Mindanao throughout the day.

Meanwhile, PAGASA advised that sea travel is risky along the sea boards of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Zambales, Bataan and Queozon including Polilio Island due to high waves.

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Southwest monsoon to bring cloudy skies with intermittent rains over Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.

At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.

According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.

Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.

The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.

 Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.

As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.

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