Public, gov’t institutions urged to conserve water amid drop in dam levels

Public, gov’t institutions urged to conserve water amid drop in dam levels

As the water level in La Mesa Dam lingers low, environmental group EcoWaste Coalition on Monday advised the public to properly conserve their water reserves. The group also admonished private and public establishments to increase its water conservation and check on water usage.

Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition, in a statement said, “We join our water authorities in asking households, businesses and government institutions in Metro Manila to use water more wisely amid the declining water level in Angat, Ipo and La Mesa Dams.”

Lucero, adding as well, “Let us all aim for zero water waste to reduce the impacts of low water supply during the summer months to the people, especially the poor, and the environment.”

As of 3 p.m. of Sunday, water levels at the dam had fell to 68.9 meters, breaching the 69-meter critical mark.

Richard Orendain, PAGASA hydrologist cited that the level may yet break 68.75 meters in 1998 – a record lowest in years.

“Maybe in two days, this record will be broken,” Orendain concluded.

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