Angat Dam water level keeps dropping despite monsoon rains


September 22 ------ The water level in Bulacan's Angat Dam has continued to dwindle despite monsoon rains over the past few days.


A 24 Oras News Alert said Angat Dam's water level decreased by 0.29 meter as of 6 a.m., citing information from PAGASA. Currently, the dam's water elevation is at 176.27 meters, lower than the normal high water level of 210 meters. Angat Dam is the main water source for Metro Manila and nearby areas. Meanwhile, water levels in Ambuklao, Binga, and Caliraya Dams have also decreased, according to the report.


Interviewed on Super Radyo DZBB, National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Executive Director Dr. Sevillo David, said the 176.27 meter level of Angat Dam is also lower than the minimum operating level of 180 meters. "Umaasa tayo na sa mga susunod na buwan at mga araw ay magkaroon na rin ng sapat na pag-ulan doon sa tinatawag nating water shed ng mga dams na ito para maka-recover sila at maka-recharge para may magamit tayo," he said.


"Mahigit 30 meters po ang diperensiya. 'Pag ganito pong sitwasyon, mga dalawa hanggang tatlong bagyo po ang kailangan, at malakas na pag-ulan," David added. He said the Pantabangan Dam, which is needed for irrigation and power supply in Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, also currently has a low water level.


Source: gmanetwork.com