Water supply cuts 'possible' with Angat Dam level short of target: regulator

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Posted at Jan 02 2020 09:49 AM

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Water supply cuts will possibly continue in Metro Manila after recent rains failed to raise Angat Dam's level to the year-end target, the capital's water regulator said Thursday. 

Angat Dam, the region's main water source, was at 202.6 meters as of 6 a.m., said state weather bureau PAGASA. 

This is below 212-meter normal high water level, which prevents the National Water Resources Board from bringing back Metro Manila's water allocation to the normal 46 cubic meters per second from the current 40 m³/s, said NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. 

"Kailangan po nating ma-manage ang supply para mapaabot... hanggang sa summer po, bago po ang mga pag-ulan. Kaya sa ngayon po, hindi pa ho natin maibabalik sa normal na alokasyon," he told radio DZMM. 

"Posible po talagang magpapatuloy iyong hindi normal na serbisyo ng tubig para sa kababayan po natin," he added. 

(We need o manage the supply to make it last until summer, before the rains come. For now, we cannot bring back the normal allocation. It is possible that the abnormal water service will continue.) 

Rotational water service interruptions have hit Metro Manila since October 2019.

 
 

Last March, taps ran dry in about a million households in the region as the Angat Dam breached its critical level. 

DZMM, Jan. 2, 2020