Water storage urged as Angat Dam’s reserve dips near critical level
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2019
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)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has raised cyclone warning signal No. 1 over Northern Isabela, Cagayan and Batanes on Tuesday (July 16) due to the effects of tropical depression Falcon.
This means winds of up to 60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.
Residents in the affected areas are advised to take precautionary measures as landslides and flashfloods are possible due to scattered to widespread rains.
Meanwhile, cloudy skies and scattered rainshowers will affect Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to the southwest monsoon or habagat enhanced by the tropical depression.
Metro Manila residents especially in low lying areas are advised to prepare from flashfloods possible during severe thunderstorms.
Monsoon rains, meanwhile, will be experienced in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Masbate, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Northern Samar.
These areas will experience light to moderate with occasional heavy monsoon rains with possible landslides or flashfloods.
As of 4:00 a.m., TD Falcon was estimated at 690 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
It is moving west at 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 65 kph.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signal #1 as well as the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
According to PAGASA, TD Falcon is less likely to make landfall but it may intensify into a tropical storm as it approaches extreme Northern Luzon tomorrow afternoon or evening.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Water level in Angat Dam remains below the critical level on Monday (July 15) despite rainshowers in the past days.
As of 6:00 a.m., Angat Dam has 158.74 meters, still below the critical level of 160 meters and way below its normal operating level of 180 meters.
On its Facebook page, concessionaire Manila Water on Monday announced continuous implementation of rotational water interruptions due to the current state of Angat Dam.
“Ang mga service interruption na ito ay ginagawa para maipamahagi ang limitadong suplay ng tubig sa lahat ng aming mga customer, dahil nananatiling mas mababa ang alokasyon mula sa NWRB dala ng muling pagbaba ng antas ng Angat Dam,” Manila Water said on its post.
(This service interruptions aim to evenly distribute the limited supply of water to all our customers because allocation from NWRB remains low due to below critical level of water in Angat Dam.)
See Manila Water’s list of service interruptions here.
Meanwhile, Maynilad also said it was cutting water supply as it continues to fine-tune its distribution given the reduced raw water releases from Angat Dam.
“We encourage our affected customers to store enough water when supply is available,” Maynilad posted.
See Maynilad’s updated list of water service interruptions here.
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