Angat Dam needs at least 2 tropical storms to raise water level: NWRB

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Posted at Jun 19 2019 05:30 AM

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MANILA - Angat Dam needs at least 2 tropical storms as sporadic rains in the past few days are not enough to raise its water reserves, a National Water Resources Board (NWRB) official said Tuesday.

"Sa taya po natin, mga 2 hanggang 3 bagyo ang kailangan dumaan dun sa Angat watershed or malapit dun para makapagpadulot po ng mga ulan na medyo malakas para makabawi po ito dun sa normal na operating level niya," NWRB executive director Sevillo David told "Bandila."

The water level in Angat, which supplies water in Metro Manila and Central Luzon, dipped at 162 meters Tuesday. 

It is below the 180-meter minimum level required for normal operations.

Water allocation for agriculture may have been slashed in May, but the water level in Angat continues to go down, David said.

State weather bureau PAGASA had said that weak El Niño conditions are likely to continue until August despite last week's start of rainy season.

David said Angat Dam's lowest water level took place in 2010 when it dropped to 157 meters while the country was experiencing El Niño.

"Kung magpapatuloy po itong sitwasyon na 'yung mga pag-ulan ay hindi pa dumating nitong mga susunod na araw o hanggang sa susunod na linggo ay baka po umabot tayo dun sa record level na 'yun at baka mas mababa pa po kung sakali," he said.