Angat dam, which supplies around 96% of Metro Manila’s water needs, has enough water to supply the region during the dry season, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said.
NWRB Sevillo David Jr. said in an interview over radio station dzBB, that based on the current water level in Angat Dam, which was measured at 205 meters on Wednesday, is still higher when compared to its normal level last year when it was recorded at 192 meters.
“Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 205 meters po ang level ng Angat Dam. Sa ganitong sitwasyon ay sa tingin natin sapat ang supply natin sa panahon ng tag-init,” he said.
But despite having “enough supply,” David cautioned the public not be waste the preious water as the El Niño may affect its replenishment.
David said that based on data from state forecasters, the effects of El Niño may be felt during the end part of the year when rains are still expected to fill reservoirs.
The El Niño phenomenon is characterized by the abnormal warming of sea surface temperature in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean and below normal rainfall.
David earlier said that they are preparing for the effects of El Nino. Among those measure include the Putatan and Cardona water treatment plants and the deep wells.
Catherine R. Cueto