Angat Dam now at critical level

Posted at 05/11/2014 3:34 PM | Updated as of 05/11/2014 11:55 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The water level at the Angat dam reached its critical level on Sunday afternoon, the National Power Corporation (Napocor) said.

As of 1 p.m., Napocor recorded the dam's water level at 180 meters, reaching its critical level.

The water level was recorded at 180.03 meters hours earlier at 11 a.m.

Now that the dam has reached its critical level, residential areas will be prioritized for water supply allocation, affecting irrigation, especially in Bulacan, according to Napocor.

Water supply to Bustos Dam in Bulacan may also be cut off, as the water comes from Angat Dam. This may severely affect farms and farmers depending on it for water supply.

Meanwhile, the water level at Ambuklao Dam was recorded at 740.41 meters; Binga Dam at 569.16 meters; and San Roque Dam at 238.64 meters.

The Department of Agriculture said it is already looking for alternative sources of water for farms that will be affected by the dwindling water supply in the dams. -- with a report from Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News