NWRB slashes irrigation water allocation


The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) on Wednesday said that they had decided to slash the water allocation allocated to irrigation for the Angat Dam, before they totally suspend it for the rest of the month.

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. told reporters in a message that they had decided to cut the water allocation for irrigation to 10 cubic meters per second (cms) from May 1 to 10. It was originally from 30 cms.

“Harvesting at nasa terminal drainage na po sila kaya reduced na irrigation requirement for the month of May until resumption ng wet cropping season by middle of June,” David said in the message.

The NWRB said that after May 10, the water release for irrigation will be suspended.

They said that it will remain “until the next cropping cycle to start by middle of June.”

The Angat Dam provides water to farmlands in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.

Earlier last month, the NWRB had decided to increase the allocation for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to 52 cms from the earlier 50 cms. It will last until the end of May.

The MWSS is the government’s water distribution utility, that serves Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

It is also deals with concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad.

Catherine R. Cueto

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