Angat Dam water level continues to drop

Posted at 05/14/14 9:31 AM

MANILA – Water level at the Angat Dam dropped by a few centimeters on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Adminstration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA said as of 6 a.m. today, water level at the Angat Dam was at 179.29 meters above sea level (masl), down by .18 (masl) from yesterday.

Water level at the Angat Dam hit critical level on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of water supply for irrigation in Pampanga and Bulacan earlier than what was scheduled.

Angat Dam Plant Manager Engr. Rodolfo German said the dam stopped supplying water for irrigation at 2 p.m. on Monday. This was ahead of the scheduled shutdown on May 16.

He said majority of the farms in the areas being serviced by Angat have finished harvesting, and the rest of the farms which still need irrigation water will have to rely on the supply coming from Bustos Dam.

He said Angat's water level continues to go down, decreasing at a rate of 1 centimeter per hour.

He said the National Water Resources Board may decide to decrease the supply for water for household use once the dam's water level hits 170 masl.

Angat Dam's critical level for water for household use is 160 masl.