La Mesa Dam breaches critical level, lowest in years


Posted at Mar 11 2019 03:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2019 04:15 PM

An aerial photo of the La Mesa Dam taken this March shows the declining water level in the reservoir. Photo courtesy of Keisie Marfil

MANILA- The water level in the La Mesa Dam has breached the critical level on Monday morning.

As of 6 a.m., the water level in the reservoir was recorded at 68.93 meters, below its critical level of 69 meters above sea level, data from state weather bureau PAGASA showed.

Water service providers have warned of water interruptions in parts of Metro Manila due to dwindling water supply in the La Mesa Dam.

The La Mesa Dam is part of the important Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system. 

It is an earth dam that serves as a primary sedimentation basin,
ensuring that there is water service in the East Zone of Metro Manila during the dry months. 

Manila Water, which services the water needs of the east zone of Metro Manila, warned on Monday that water interruptions will last throughout summer due to the dwindling supply of the La Mesa Dam.

"Itong mga water interruptions po na ito ay magpe-persist buong summer hanggang sa dumating 'yung ulan hanggang sa tumaas po ulit ang mga tubig sa mga dams natin lalong lalo na sa La Mesa Dam," Jeric Sevilla Jr., head of Manila Water's corporate communications, told radio DZMM.

(Water interruptions will persist during the entire summer season until the rainy season begins and our dams are filled with water again, particularly La Mesa Dam.)