Angat Dam reaches normal operating level, still not enough for regular water supply

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Posted at Sep 03 2019 07:25 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2019 07:42 AM

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MANILA — The water in Angat Dam has reached normal operating level but is still not enough to bring water supply in Metro Manila back to its normal rate, authorities said Tuesday. 

Angat Dam's water level at 6 a.m. was at 183.03 meters, slightly above the normal operating level of 180 meters but below the normal high operating level of 212 meters, said National Water Resources Board Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. 

Water distribution to concessionaires was increased to 40 cubic meters per second (CMS) starting last Sunday from 6 CMS in recent months, he said. This is still below the regular supply of 46 CMS, he noted. 

"Kung sasabihin po nating hindi na tayo mangangamba sa ating supply ng tubig, sa ngayon po, hindi pa natin masasabi iyan," David told radio DZMM. 

"Ang normal high operating level po n'yan ay mga 212 meters, iyan po sana ang tina-target natin bago magtapos ang taon. Tinitingnan po natin dito ang supply natin sa buong tao at susunod na taon po," he added. 

(If we're going to say that we should no longer worry about our water supply, we cannot announce that yet. The normal high operating level is 212 meters and we are targeting to reach that before the end of the year. We're looking at the required supply for the rest of the year and next year.) 

Tropical storm Liwayway on Tuesday may bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Apayao, Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands, and Batanes, said state weather bureau PAGASA. 

The southwest monsoon, locally known as habagat, will also bring scattered light to moderate rains with at times heavy rain showers over Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Panay Island, Guimaras and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.