Water watch: Angat Dam level drops further


Posted at Apr 30 2019 11:11 AM

MANILA - Water level at Angat Dam slid further on Tuesday after breaching the critical mark, state weather bureau PAGASA said. 

Angat Dam supplies water to Metro Manila and Central Luzon. As of 6 a.m., its water level was at 178.95 meters, below the 180-meter minimum level required for normal operations, according to PAGASA data. 

 The water level could drop to 175.5 meters by the end of May, said the agency. 

Water supply for agriculture next month would be reduced to 10 cubic meters per second from April's 35 cubic meters per second, the National Water Resources Board said Monday. 

Allocation for domestic use was unaffected, but would be slashed if Angat Dam's water level falls to 160 meters, said PAGASA. 

The dam's declining level, lack of rains due to El Niño, and high demand have been blamed for a water supply outage that brought misery to more than a million households in Metro Manila in March. 
Report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News