Angat Dam level now critical, to stop irrigation supply when hit 177 meters

Summer in the Philippines is often a choice between a trip to the beach or to the mountains.In a tropical country, like Philippines, characterized by endless coastlines, the beach is relatively an easy pick and it relatively boost tourism in the country.

However, summer season in the Philippines brings an extreme hot weather and is not good for the farmers. A news report claiming that water supply for irrigation may run dry before the end of the month as the water level in Metro Manila’s primary dam has significantly falls below the critical point of 180 meters.

As of 6AM Monday, May 12, Angat Dam’s waterline has fallen into level of 179.80 meters following a gradual dip of up to ten centimeters per day since the summer season has started.

However, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hydrologist Jason Bausa clarifies that critical levels are different for each sector. That said, the water reserves for the agriculture sector, about 28,000 hectares of farmland in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga, will be cut temporarily when the dam’s water level hit to 177 meters. Meanwhile, the household supply in Metro Manila area may be drained at a waterline of 160 meters.

Angat Dam, located in Bulacan, is a concrete water reservoir embankment hydroelectric dam that supplies about 90 percent of raw water requirements for National Capital Region (NCR).

Bausa stated, “the Angat water levels to fall as low as 170 meters this month,” but disclosed the water reserves may normalize when the wet weather comes in June and July. – CentrioTimes.com

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