Water at Angat Dam still enough for February needs

MANILA(PNA) -- Angat Dam will still likely meet February 2017 demand for water from this facility even if authorities expect reserve there then to be already lesser than at present.

Water level in Angat by February 2017's end can reach some 206.35 meters, latest available projection of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) show.

Such water level is 8.57 meters above Angat's 197.78 meters rule curve for Tuesday (Feb. 28), noted PAGASA.

That means next month, Angat will likely have sufficient water for irrigation and power in this dam's service areas while providing water for Metro Manila.

Metro Manila mainly sources its water from Angat.

PAGASA based its projection on rainfall this agency forecast in the watershed hosting Angat Dam.

Average rainfall forecast within its watershed areas from Wednesday (Jan. 18) to February's end is about 84.11 millimeters (mm), noted PAGASA.

Angat's projected water level by February's end is lower than the 214.45 meters PAGASA monitored there at 6 a.m. Friday (Jan. 27).

Such decreasing trend is normal with expected less rainfall as the prevailing dry season heads towards its peak, however, noted PAGASA hydrologist Gine Nievares.

Despite the positive outlook for Angat Dam next month, she reiterated the call for communities using water from this facility to still practice water conservation measures.

Such measures will help ensure availability of Angat water, she noted.

Among home-based water conservation measures are checking faucets and pipes for leaks, putting layers of mulch around plants and taking shorter showers. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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