Napocor halts Angat dam water release

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THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) has temporarily stopped the water spilling operations of Angat dam in Bulacan on Wednesday.

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In a statement, Napocor said it stopped the water release effective 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The move was in response to the request of the technical working group (TWG) of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), which is composed of various government agencies, and the latest advisory of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

The state weather bureau said that despite the possible light to moderate rain showers over the watershed area in the next three days, there will be no significant effect on the water elevation level of Angat dam.

“The Pagasa advisory likewise noted that there will be no tropical cyclones that will affect the country in the coming days,” said Napocor.

Napocor said it will be closely monitoring the inflow of water to the reservoir and the amount of rainfall over the Angat watershed area.

The current water elevation level of Angat dam as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday was 214.31 meters above sea level (masl). The normal high water elevation of Angat dam is 212 masl.

Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado earlier said they planned to file a class suit against Napocor in connection with the four-day water discharges from Angat dam.

The governor said that the discharge worsened floods in seven towns, particularly in Calumpit and Hagonoy.

The continuous release of water from the dam, he added, affected 250,000 residents.
But Napocor president and CEO Ma. Gladys Cruz Sta. Rita said there was no irregularity in the agency’s water spilling operation of Angat dam.

She said they did the right thing and followed all existing procedures and protocol.

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