MANILA, Philippines – As of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday (June 12) water level in Angat Dam hit 164.48 meters, still lower than its minimum operating level of 180 meters.
According to the state weather bureau, PAGASA, this is nearing the lowest level recorded in July 2014 when the water level dipped to 162.74 meters.
“Meron kaming na-observe na malalakas na rainfall sa may bandang Zambales, minsan sa bandang Bicol, Cavite, Laguna which is malayo naman sa watershed ng Angat Dam,” PAGASA Hydrologist Elmer Caringal said.
(We have observed heavy rainfall in areas near Zambales, occasionally in Bicol, Cavite, and Laguna which are far from Angat Dam watershed.)
According to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Executive Director Sevillo David Jr., Angat Dam will not provide for irrigation this month of June per protocol of the agency which prioritizes the water requirement for Metro Manila.
“Sa protocol (kapag) below 180 meters (ay) priority ang water supply for evaluation ng Board if magre-release for irrigation,” David said.
At present, Angat Dam’s allocation for Metro Manila stays at 46 cubic meters per second.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) noted, meanwhile, that farmers in Bulacan and Pampanga are expected to begin cropping season in August when they will be needing water from Angat Dam.
Still, the agency expects cropping to be ahead of schedule with the coming rainy season.
The lowest water level in Angat Dam was recorded in July 2010 when water reserve dipped further to 157.56 meters. (with reports from Rey Pelayo)