THE National Power Corporation (NPC) is conserving the water supply of Lake Lanao by reducing its water discharge amid low rainfall due to the El Nino phenomenon affecting most parts of the country.
Dadelio Cruz, vice president for NPC’s Mindanao Generation Group, in a briefing with NPC president and CEO Ma. Gladys Cruz Sta. Rita, said that as of January 21, the water elevation of Lake Lanao was 699.633 meters above mean average sea level.
This is only 3.30 centimeters above the 2016 seasonal drawdown limit of 699.600 meters and 48.3 centimeters above the minimum operating level of 699.150 meters.
Forecasters at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center in the United States noted that the effects of El Niño on the Philippines are projected to last until June or July 2016 in terms of warming sea surface temperature.
Likewise, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said reduced rainfall in the country due to El Niño would be felt until the end of April to early June 2016.
With the national elections scheduled on May 9, 2016, the NPC is mandated to have all generating power plant units running one week before and after the election.