IN PHOTOS: La Mesa Dam slowly drying up amid El Niño

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2019 03:24 PM

MANILA — Several parts of Metro Manila experienced water service interruption over the weekend after Manila Water said it would adjust operations as the water level at La Mesa Dam continued to fall.

The water level in La Mesa Dam on Friday reached its lowest in 12 years and may go down to its critical level of 69 meters in the next few days, according to data from PAGASA dam monitoring.

This was as the weather bureau confirmed last month that the El Niño phenomenon, associated with dry spells and droughts, was affecting the Philippines. 

Lawyer Keisie Marfil shared with ABS-CBN News aerial photos of the reservoir taken from a chopper from August 2018 to March 2019, showing the decrease in the reservoir's water supply.

La Mesa Dam, August 2018. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil

La Mesa Dam, August 2018. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil

La Mesa Dam, September 2018. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil

La Mesa Dam, December 2018. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil

La Mesa Dam, December 2018. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil

La Mesa Dam, March 2019. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil

La Mesa Dam, March 2019. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil