Published On: Sat, Jun 22nd, 2019

Angat Dam plunges below critical level

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The Angat Dam’s water level drops to 159.78 meters as of 6 am on Saturday, June 22, even below the critical 160 meters

Published 8:40 AM, June 22, 2019

Updated 8:45 AM, June 22, 2019

CRITICAL. The Angat Dam's level continues to drop, triggering water interruptions in Metro Manila, Rizal, and Cavite. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CRITICAL. The Angat Dam’s level continues to drop, triggering water interruptions in Metro Manila, Rizal, and Cavite. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – As predicted, the Angat Dam in Bulacan breached the critical low level of 160 meters on Saturday, June 22.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the Angat Dam’s water level dropped to 159.78 meters as of 6 am on Saturday.

The minimum operating water level of the Angat Dam is 180 meters. It had gone below 180 meters last April, during the dry season.

The start of the rainy season was declared on June 14, but the amount of rainfall has not been enough to boost dam water levels which have been going down for months.

There is also an ongoing monsoon break, which means the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat is weak and there will be no heavy rainfall. This monsoon break could last for a few more days.

With the Angat Dam’s water level still decreasing, the National Water Resources Board further reduced the allocation for Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services starting 12:01 am on Saturday.

The allocation is now 36 cubic meters per second (CMS), from the previous 40 CMS.

Due to this, both Manila Water and Maynilad released new schedules of service interruptions, effective beginning Saturday. The affected areas are parts of Metro Manila, Rizal, and Cavite. – Rappler.com

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