‘Luis,’ monsoon rains hike water levels in 4 major Luzon dams

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Due to continuous rains brought by the southwest monsoon and enhanced by Typhoon “Luis”, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Monday said water levels in four major Luzon dams have significantly rose.

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In an interview, PAGASA hydrologist Danny Flores said water levels in Angat Dam in Bulacan, San Roque Dam in Pangasinan, Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija and Magat Dam in Isabela significantly increased.

Angat Dam supplies 97 percent of Metro Manila’s potable water needs while the dams of Pantabangan, Magat, and San Roque are major sources of electricity in Luzon and supplies irrigation water to thousands of hectares of farmland in their surrounding areas.

Flores said that as of 6 a.m., the water level of Angat dam was 188.48 meters, 3.44 meters higher compared to 185.04 meters Sunday morning.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, San Roque Dam’s 260.27-meter water level is 2.36 meters higher compared to 257.91 meters on Sunday though still below its normal water level of 261 meters.

The Pantabangan Dam is at 190.35 meters which is 1.69 meters higher compared to Sunday’s 188.66 meters — still below its normal water level of 207 meters — while Magat Dam has reached 185.84-meter water level, higher by 1.59 meters compared to its normal water level of 184.25 meters.

Flores told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) that the agency remains optimistic that there will be no water crisis despite the expected El Nino phenomenon forecast to start last quarter of this year up to first quarter of 2015.

”So far the dams meet requirement such as power generations and irrigation and expect na tataas pa sa mga darating na araw,” he explained.

PAGASA said El Nino will bring lesser rains but heavier rainfall. Still, Flores advised the public to conserve water to prevent a possible shortage.

Meanwhile, Flores said that other major dams in Luzon are still stable having normal water level as they do not foresee these reservoirs to hit their below low-water levels. PNA

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