Ipo Dam conducts water spilling operations amid heavy rains


The management of Ipo Dam in Bulacan has started to conduct emergency water discharges at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, due to a "continuously increasing" water level in its reservoir.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said severe tropical storm "Jolina" (international name "Conson") is expected to continue to bring heavy rains over the watershed area in Bulacan.

"Ipo Dam management will conduct spilling operation at 8 a.m. with a total discharge of 55 cms (cubic meters per second)," PAGASA said in a hydrological dam situationer.

Residents living along the low-lying areas and in communities near Angat River, particularly Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel, and Hagonoy, were advised to take precautionary measures and remain alert for possible further increase in water level.

As of 6 a.m., Wednesday, Ipo Dam's water level rose to 101.23 meters from 99.70 meters.

The dam’s spilling level is 101 meters.

PAGASA and Ipo Dam management said that they will continue to monitor the hydrological condition of the dam as severe tropical storm Jolina hits parts of Luzon.