FARMLANDS in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga will further dry out once supply for irrigation is cut anytime now as the water level in Angat dam continues to diminish.
The dam reached the critical level of 180 meters yesterday afternoon. This would lead to the cutting of irrigation supply.
To address the problem, government agencies are coming up with mitigation plans to address the effects of a severe dry season.
A source from the National Power Corporation (Napocor), the operator of Angat dam hydro electric power plant, said cloud seeding operations are needed to increase the dwindling water supply at the dam’s giant reservoir.
Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado is batting for long term solutions like the conversion of the Bayabas river into a new dam and the creation of other catch basins.
“Our province is blessed with the bounty of natural resources. In other countries like those in the Middle East, they are converting sea water into fresh water using modern technologies. Here in Bulacan, we have abundant supply of fresh water that virtually goes down the drain, destroying properties and sometimes claiming lives when excess waters coming from the dams aggravates the flooding in times of bad weather conditions,” Alvarado said.
The governor stressed the need to build facilities to catch water.
He also suggested the revival of the Pampanga River Control System that will supervise the dredging of the river systems in Bulacan and Pampanga.
“There is a need to have new and modern dredging machines for the desilting of the rivers and other flood channels to ensure the speedy flow of floodwater,” he said.
The governor said the reservoir of Angat dam is heavily silted and massive dredging should be done to increase its water carrying capacity.