Angat Dam inches above critical level

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2019 09:15 AM

MANILA - Following monsoon rains, the water level in Angat Dam has inched above the critical level.

As of 6 a.m. Sunday, Angat Dam's water level was at 161.45 meters, versus 161.35 meters on Saturday, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

The figure was above the critical level of 160 meters but still below the normal operating level of 180 meters.

 

The water level of La Mesa Dam, meantime, rose to 73.37 meters on Sunday compared with 73.21 meters on Saturday.

Angat Dam's declining level has prompted regulators to slash the water supply allocation in Metro Manila to 3.1 billion liters per day from the normal 4 billion liters per day since May.

The National Water Resources Board earlier estimated that the Angat watershed needs 2 to 3 tropical storms to raise its water to a level that would allow normal operations.

Tropical Storm Falcon and tropical depression Goring stirred monsoon rains over large swaths of Luzon earlier this week.

Monsoon rains will continue to dampen Ilocos region and Cordillera Administrative Region, while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience localized thunderstorms, PAGASA said.