By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is keeping the raw water allocation of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) below normal this month as the water in Angat Dam remains below the standard level.
NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. explained that maintaining the reduced allocation for MWSS at 42 cubic meters per second and NIA at 20 cubic meters per second this February will ensure the availability of sufficient water for domestic and irrigation uses until the dry season of 2020. The dry season in the Philippines is usually from December to May.
The normal allocation is 46 cubic meters per second for domestic water and 40 cubic meters per second for irrigation.
Based on the PAGASA’s data as of Wednesday, the level of Angat Dam was slightly up from 202.44 meters last Tuesday to 202.48 meters on Wednesday. However, it is still 9.52 meters short of its normal high water level of 212 meters.
David earlier assured that Angat Dam could provide enough water for the domestic needs of households in Metro Manila, and irrigation requirements of agricultural lands in Bulacan and Pampanga “until the summer and before the onset of the rainy season” this year. Rainy or wet season usually begins in June.
Angat dam is being monitored by a technical working group composed of the NWRB, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), MWSS, NIA, and the National Power Corporation.
While Angat Dam’s water level has been increasing, NWRB continued to remind the public to do their part in the responsible utilization of water to ensure that there will be enough water during the “critical summer months.”
It pointed out that simple water conservation measures will go a long way. Saving at least one liter of water a day equates to unutilized water in Angat Dam.”