WITH the weather getting hotter, and the El Niño phenomenon just around the corner, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) appealed to the public to do their share and conserve water this early, for the benefit of everybody.
“Ano ang magagawa ng publiko sa sitwasyon natin? Tignan natin kung papaano makakatulong ang publiko,” David said.
“Gusto natin i-advocate ang tamang paggamit ng tubig. Water conservation po,” he said.
(What can the public do in this situation? Let us see how the public can help. We want to advocate the proper use of water. Water conservation)
Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared that they are likely to issue an El Niño alert in the coming month, with the calculations for the phenomenon to occur had increased.
PAGASA said that by July, August, and September, there is an 80% chance that El Niño, to which will have dry spell from October, November, and December.
The full impact of the phenomenon will be experienced in January, February, March, and April.
The El Niño phenomenon was characterized by the abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean and below-normal rainfall.
“Habang wala pa ang El Niño tignan na natin kung papaano tayo makakatulong para pagdating ng kasagsagan ng El Niño ay nakahanda tayo,” David said.
(While there is still no El Niño let us see and work on how we can help so that when the El Niño come we are ready)
Likewise, the NWRB said that they looking at ways on how they can take advantage of the expected above-normal rains before El Niño’s onset.
“Tinitignan kung papaano maiipon, mako-conserve itong mga tubig-ulan na mapapakinabangan natin ngayong panahon ng tagtuyot at summer season,” David said.
(We will be looking at how we can save, conserve water from the rains that may come from the summer season)
Earlier this month, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. sought for the establishments of a team focused on mitigating the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.
Catherine R. Cueto