Rains bring Magat Dam water to safe level

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RAMON, Isabela: The water in Magat Dam is close to reaching the safe level, thanks to the continuous rains, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said on Tuesday.

The Magat Dam is the second biggest power provider among hydro-dams in Luzon, contributing at least 380 megawatts of electricity for the Luzon grid.

The dam is also the second biggest power source among Luzon based hydro-dams which can irrigate at least 80,000 hectares of farmlands in Isabela and parts of Cagayan and Quirino provinces.

NIA officials said that as of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the dam’s water level climbed to 172.21 meters. The normal level is 175 meters.


The dam’s instrumentation and forecasting officer Engineer Saturnino Tenedor said that last month, the dam’s water level dropped to its lowest in three years at 160.46 meters, which is less than a meter above its minimum operational level to generate power.

Magat Dam, once Asia’s biggest power and irrigation facility located along the Isabela-Ifugao border, registered an all-time low level of 149 meters in July 1991.

“The downpours during late afternoon have helped so much in the dam’s continued increase in water level as well as from the continued inflow of water from upstream Magat River here and in Ibulao River in Ifugao which are the dam’s major sources of water,” Tenedor said.

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