ALTHOUGH heavily-populated Metropolitan Manila (MM) is the country’s premier region, it is prone to water scarcity, notably during the dry season from March to May.
However, it is certainly heartening to know that Metro Manilans and residents of surrounding provinces are not anticipating such water shortage this summer.
The Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan will not lack water to supply until April despite the expected below-normal rainfall in the area, according to hydrologist Max Peralta.
Peralta is with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Inaugurated on Oct. 16, 1967, the Angat Dam is a concrete water reservoir embankment hydroelectric dam that supplies Metropolitan Manila and nearby areas with water.
The hydrologist said the dam’s water is at a higher level until next month, which can still ably supply for irrigation and power as well as potable water to consumers.
Peralta reported that the Angat Dam’s water level on Tuesday was 209.50 meters, higher than the 180 meters minimum operating level (MOL) of the nearly 54-year-old facility.
He said the water level may dip to about 200 meters by the end of this month, but this is still above the MOL, adding that the dam need not depend on rain next month to have water for its customers.
On the other hand, the above-normal rainfall over the watershed in May and June will help Angat replenish its reserve and further enhance its potential to supply water to its customers.
Talagang good news ito sa mga taga-Metropolitan Manila at karatig pook.