Angat can meet household demand throughout summer: official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 10 2020 10:43 AM | Updated as of Jan 10 2020 11:15 AM

Residents line up during a water distribution drive in Mandaluyong. File Photo. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Angat Dam can meet household demand for water in the Philippine capital through summer, until the onset of the wet season in June, the state agency overseeing the reservoir said Friday.

Despite the "improved" water level at Angat, it cannot fully cover the irrigation needs of farmers in Central Luzon, National Water Resources Board Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. said.

"Sa tingin naman po natin kaya natin ito i-maintain ito hanggang summer po bago umabot ang panahon ng tag-ulan," he told DZMM radio.

(We think we can maintain the supply until summer before the rainy season arrives.)

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Rains brought by Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) in December increased the water level at Angat.

Due to the increase in water level, allocation for Metro Manila's households will be adjusted to 42 cubic meters per second (cms) from the current 40 cms. This, however, is still below the normal 46 cms.

Water for irrigation meanwhile will be doubled to 20 cms from 10 cms, David said. 

"Patuloy pa rin po ang ating panawagan na gamitin ng tama ang tubig at magtipid po tayo para hindi naman masyado makaapekto itong kakulangan." he said.

(We're still asking the public to use water wisely so that the shortage won't be too much.)

Angat Dam's declining level last year prompted a water shortage in Metro Manila that brought misery to thousands of households.