The National Water Resources Board on Friday, March 8, assured that Metro Manila has enough supply of water for the upcoming summer season.
NWRB executive director Dr. Sevillo David Jr. explained that they are closely monitoring the Angat Dam in Bulacan which provides water to 80% of Metro Manila, and irrigation to more than 25,000 hectares of rice fields in Bulacan and Pampanga.
Currently, David said the water level in Angat Dam is at 201 meters, which is more than 20 meters higher compared to the dam’s minimum operating level of 180 meters.
According to the NWRB offical, their projections show that current water level of Angat Dam will be enough to supply water for Metro Manila, and irrigation to Bulacan and Pampanga until April or May.
“Sa tingin natin kaya natin tugunan yung pangangailangan ng water supply sa Metro Manila, kasama na rin yung para sa irrigation sa Bulacan at Pampanga itong mga panahon ng tag-init,” David said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
However, David warned that they might adjust water allocations for Metro Manila if the water level in Angat Dam will drop, and the country will have no or small amounts of rain in May.
“Umaasa tayo na may pag-ulan na darating nitong Mayo kung sakaling bumaba sa normal na antas yung pag-pasok ng ulan,” David explained.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that the country might experience ‘full blown’ El Niño, which meant reduced rainfall, within the first quarter of 2019.