Angat Dam's water level dips further despite rains


Posted at Jun 13 2019 11:18 AM

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The water level in Angat Dam slid further on Thursday, despite afternoon rains in Metro Manila in recent days, regulators and the state weather bureau said.

The dam, which supplies water to Metro Manila and Central Luzon, dipped to the 164.02-meter mark as of 6 a.m., below the 180-meter minimum level required for normal operations, according to the PAGASA website.

"Iyung mga pag-ulan na nararanasan natin dito sa Metro Manila, sa ngayon po, hindi nakakarating pa sa Angat Watershed,"said National Water Resources Board Executive Director Sevillo David.

(The rains we have been experiencing in Metro Manila have not reached the Angat Watershed.)

Despite this, water supply in Metro Manila will remain sufficient in June, he told radio DZMM.

The NWRB last month slashed water allocation for agriculture, saying this would not affect food supply because farmers were already in the middle of the planting season.

Angat Dam's declining water level, lack of rains due to El Niño, and high demand were blamed for a water supply shortage that brought misery to more than a million households in Metro Manila in March.

PAGASA earlier said it might declare the start of the rainy season in the first half of June. Metro Manila on Thursday may experience localized thunderstorms, said the weather office.

DZMM, June 13, 2019