Water in Angat dam nears critical level

Posted at 05/06/14 1:32 PM

MANILA -- The water level at the Angat dam may reach critical level in 7 to 8 days, a hydrologist from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA hydrologist Sonia Serrano said this is the scenario being projected if the water level in Angat continues to drop.

Serrano said irrigation, especially in Bulacan, will be the first to take a hit. Water supply in Metro Manila may also be affected, prompting the need for water rationing.

''The first thing affected is irrigation… they supply water to provinces like Bulacan, it will definitely be affected... If the water level of Angat continues to drop, the water supply of Metro Manila may be affected also… If it drops more, some solution will be done such as water rationing,'' Serrano told ANC.

In an interview on DZMM, meanwhile, Angat Dam Plant Manager Engr. Rodolfo German said the dam's water level may hit its critical level by as early as Friday if no rains occur.

German said it is up to the National Water Resources Board whether to fully cut the water supply for irrigation or just reduce it.

As of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, water level at the Angat dam stood at 181.92 meters, just 1.92 meters shy of the 180-meter critical level.

Serrano says cloud seeding efforts, if successful and accurate, will help raise the water level in the reservoir.

The Angat dam last reached the critical level in 2010 when the country was dealing with El Niño. – ANC