Angat Dam’s water level drop slows down, says NWRB
MANILA, Philippines — Angat Dam’s sliding water level is slowing down, a National Water Resources Board (NWRB) official said Monday, pointing to the positive effect of cloud seeding operations over the area.
According to NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr., Angat Dam’s water level was at 190.75 meters on Monday morning.
“Kaninang umaga po ay nasa 190.75 meters po ang lebel po ng Angat Dam at masasabi natin na medyo mababa po ‘to kung ikukumpara po natin sa mga naunang taon,” David said in a Laging Handa public briefing.
(This morning, the water level of Angat Dam is at 190.75 meters and we can say that it is lower compared to previous years.)
“Pero ito pong cloud seeding operations ay sa tingin po natin ay nagdudulot ng magandang resulta. Sa ngayon po, medyo mabagal po, bumagal po ‘yung pagbaba ng lebel ng Angat Dam,” he added.
(But, we think the cloud seeding operations are causing good results. As of now, the lowering of Angat Dam’s water level has slowed down.)
The minimum operating water level of Angat Dam, which supplies about 90 percent of the water requirement of Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is 180 meters.
Despite Angat Dam’s falling water level during the prevailing hot and dry season in the country, David said they are not seeing a water supply crisis.
“Sa tingin po naman natin ay hindi tayo magkakaroon [ng water supply crisis] at may mga paghahanda na po tayong ginagawa kasi nga po para po kung sakali po umabot ‘yung patuloy na pagbaba ay may mga alternatibo po tayo na pagkukunan ng tubig,” he said.
(We do not see a water supply crisis and we have preparations in case Angat Dam’s water level continues to decrease, we will have an alternative source.)
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