By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The water level at La Mesa Dam further dipped to its lowest mark in 21 years, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
Based on the dam water level update from the Hydro-Meteorological Division of PAGASA, La Mesa Dam’s water level is at 68.72 meters on Friday from 68.74 meters on Thursday.
Hydrologists from PAGASA said that the latest reading in the dam breached its lowest record of 68.75 meters in 1998 due to El Niño, which also led to water shortages in most parts of Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, water level at the Angat Dam in Bulacan, the main source of water in Metro Manila, also slipped from 199.63 meters on Thursday to 199.25 meters on Friday,
This was lower than the normal level of 212 meters, but still above its minimum operating level of 180 meters.
According to PAGASA, as long as the water level in Angat Dam remains above 180, the water supply in Metro Manila would remain normal.
The state weather bureau earlier said that the country was experiencing a weak El Niño since the last quarter of 2018 wherein below normal rainfall will be expected across the country, while dry spell and drought will hit some provinces until June or before the rainy season begins.
Due to the low water elevation at the La Mesa Dam, water concessionaire Manila Water has cut water services in the east zone of Metro Manila, affecting thousands of residents relying on their supply.#