By Freddie Velez
NORZAGARAY, Bulacan–The continuing light to moderate rains experienced in this province due to the southwest monsoon raised the water elevation of Angat Dam to 170.79 meters.
In a phone interview with the Manila Bulletin, Vice Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado cited the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and said as of 8 a.m. Friday, the water level of Angat Dam, which supplies 97 percent of the domestic water needs in Metro Manila, reached 170.79 meters from 170.27 meters last Thursday morning.
The water level of Ipo Dam was 100.98 meters from 100.74 last Thursday, and Bustos Dam at 17.54 meters.
Alvarado told Manila Bulletin that the water level of Angat Dam is still within the critical level and still needs more rains to reach the normal operating level of 210-212 meters with a maximum capacity of 215 meters above sea level.
Alvarado reminded the management of Angat Dam anew to properly handle the water on the reservoir and to preserve and conserve the national wealth.
He said farmers were deprived of irrigation water during summer, but during rainy season they were supplied with excessive water from dam’s releases.
“Unang naaapektuhan ang ating mga magsasaka sa tuwing nagkakaroon ng pagbaba ng lebel ng tubig sa Angat Dam, agad silang napuputulan ng supply ng tubig irigasyon. Nasasalanta ang kanilang mga pananim kapag nagpapawala ng tubig ang mga Dam sa lalawigan ng Bulacan sa tuwing tag-ulan,” Alvarado said.
He said the problem with the critical level of Angat Dam will be solved and prayed that rains would refill the water of the reservoir, and not incur so much damage to the province.