Angat Dam water level might drop below critical point this week: MWSS

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2019 12:13 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2019 12:51 PM

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MANILA - Water level in Angat Dam, one of Metro Manila's main water sources, is expected to drop below the critical mark if rains do not replenish the reservoir this week, an official said Tuesday.

The water level remains "a little above" the 160-meter critical mark despite rains last week, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo Velasco told DZMM's Failon Ngayon.

The low water level at the Angat reservoir as seen from Manalo hill on June 15, 2019. Water level in the reservoir dipped further at 161.78 masl on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

"Projected na namin na kung hindi uulan by June 20, ang level natin would be 160," he said.

"Kung hindi tutuloy yung projection ng PAGASA, we would reach 154 by end of June," he said.

Water concessionaires may have to resort to rationing in some areas, but authorities are finding ways to have a service interruption schedule instead of asking residents to queue for water, Velasco said.

Thousands of homes and businesses, including hospitals, were paralyzed in March after a water shortage struck parts of Metro Manila for several days.

A top official of Ayala-led Manila Water stepped down from his post after the Senate castigated the concessionaire in a public hearing.