Angat Dam nears critical level; water supply cut looms over Metro Manila

Angat dam

MANILA – Water supply for Metro Manila may be reduced as Angat Dam’s water level went unrelenting to slide closer to the critical level, regulators and the state weather bureau stated Tuesday.

According to weather agency PAGASA’s website, Angat Dam supplies water to the metropolis and Central Luzon, dunked to 161.78-meter mark as of 6 a.m.

Such figure is below the 180-meter minimum level required for normal operations and just 2 meters above the 160-meter critical level, noted National Water Resources Board Executive Director Sevillo David.

“If the rains do not come and the dam’s level continues to slide, there is a chance that it will reach 160 meters or even lower. If it reaches 160 meters, we will be forced to reduce the allocation for Metro Manila’s water supply,” David stated.

The NWRB last month slashed water allocation for agriculture, saying this would not affect food supply because farmers were already in the middle of the planting season.

Angat Dam’s decreasing water level, lack of rains due to El Niño, and high demand were blamed for a water supply shortage that brought misery to more than a million households in Metro Manila in March.

PAGASA on Friday affirmed the start of the rainy season.

However, PAGASA also stated weak El Niño conditions which were felt in the tropical Pacific since the last quarter of 2018 is “likely to continue” until August.

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