Angat Dam needs more rainwater: expert

Posted at 09/02/10 8:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Rains from 2 more typhoons are needed to restore Angat Dam’s water level to normal, an expert said Thursday.

The dam, which supplies water to Metro Manila, is still at a critical level of 170.02 meters.

Its normal water level is between 183.6m and 189.66m.

Heraclio Borja, head of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) Flood Forecasting and Warning Section, said unless more typhoons arrive, the metropolis’ water supply will remain critical.

Water services concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad said they are coping with the situation.

“Mababa pa rin ang tubig na binibigay sa amin, buti na lang may Ipo Dam kaya may supply (We do not get that much water. It is good that we can tap the Ipo dam for supplies),” said Maynilad spokesperson Cherubim Ocampo.

The shortage has resulted in continuing low water pressure in some parts of Quezon City such as Roosevelt, Quirino, and Sauyo, according to Maynilad.

“Minsan meron, minsan wala (Sometimes we have water, other times none),” Roosevelt Street resident Bonita Benedicto said.

Manila Water spokesperson Jeric Sevilla, meanwhile, said the water being stored at the Angat Dam is only intended for use next year.

Maynilad and Manila Water officials urged the public to conserve water to help ease the shortage. - with a report from Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News