Manila Water, Maynilad to still get limited supply from Angat Dam
MANILA, Philippines – Though the water level of the Angat Dam slightly rose in the past few days due to rain, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will still maintain a reduced allocation for Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services.
This is because the Angat Dam remains far from its minimum operating water level (MOWL) of 180 meters.
As of 6 am on Wednesday, July 3, it was at 161.08 meters – only slightly higher than the critical low of 160 meters.
The reduced allocation for the concessionaires is currently 36 cubic meters per second (CMS), while the normal allocation is 48 CMS.
In a press briefing on Wednesday, NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr said the allocation will return to normal only when the Angat Dam is back to its MOWL. This could happen by August.
In the meantime, customers of Manila Water and Maynilad will continue to experience daily service interruptions.
"Maynilad will only be able to lift the daily water service interruptions once it receives the appropriate raw water allocation from Angat Dam," said Maynilad in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Manila Water handles the East Zone or parts of Metro Manila and Rizal, while Maynilad handles the West Zone or parts of Metro Manila and Cavite.
Improved supply in coming months
Authorities are counting on heavy rain in the coming months to speed up the replenishment of water supply. (READ: Yes, it's raining, but not much over Angat Dam)
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is expecting 2 or 3 tropical cyclones in July and 2 to 4 in August.
"Sabi naman ng PAGASA, may bagyong darating. Kung bagyo, we're expecting na mas maraming tubig ang dadalhin sa Angat Dam, so puwede umakyat ng mas mataas 'yan (water level)," David said.
(PAGASA said there will be tropical cyclones coming. If we have tropical cyclones, we’re expecting that there would be more water going to the Angat Dam, so the water level may even go higher.)
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Chairman Reynaldo Velasco said they are expecting the Angat Dam to reach its normal high water level of 212 meters by December. – Rappler.com