The water level at the Angat Dam yesterday reached the critical level of 180 meters due to lack of rainfall, Gladys Sta. Rita, National Power Corporation President said Monday.
Sta. Rita said that so far, the Angat dam is now at 179.8 meters.
With the Angat dam reaching the critical level, she said that the water supply to irrigations in Bulacan was stopped.
“Ngayong araw ay hindi maganda ang balita dahil ang lebel ng ating Angat dam ay nasa 179.8 meters. Kagabi ay naitala ang pagbaba nito sa minimum operating level na 180 [meters] at ang ibig sabihin nito ay automatic nang itinigil ang supply ng irrigation sa kanang Bulacan,” she told dzRH in an interview.
Rodolfo German, general manager of the Angat River Hydroelectric Power Plant, said the reservoir is still operational but they decided to suspend temporarily the water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga.
Angat Dam supplies 95 percent of Metro Manila’s domestic water needs and irrigation for 27,000 hectares of farmlands in Bulacan and Pampanga.
The planned cloud seeding over the dam’s watershed has not started as the National Napocor is still trying to secure a clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Sta. Rita also allayed fears that the water allocation in Metro Manila will also be lessened due to the gradual decrease of water in the Angat dam.
“Hindi pa. Normal ang supply ng allocation sa Manila. Yan ang priority kaya nga itinigil na ang sa irigasyon para maituon na ang pangtubig sa Metro Manila,” she said.