Water level at Magat dam below normal

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RAMON, Isabela: The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on Monday reported that the water level of the Magat dam along the Ifugao-Isabela border has been falling below normal level due to the increasing heat.

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NIA Engr. Saturnino Tenedor said the dam’s water level was measured at 163.85 meters.

“This is way below the dam’s normal level of at least 183 meters. The dam had its all-time low of 149 meters recorded in July 1991,” Tenedor said.

NIA, however, said the dam’s reserve water is still enough to irrigate service areas in Isabela and parts of Cagayan and Quirino.

Tenedor said the 30-year-old dam could still generate at least 380 megawatts of power, making it the second biggest power provider among hydro-dams in the Luzon grid.

Other power-generating dams in Luzon are San Roque dam in Pangasinan, which is Luzon’s highest power generating dam, Pantabangan dam in Nueva Ecija and the Angat dam in Bulacan.

The Filipino-Norwegian consortium SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) purchased Magat dam and has been operating its power component. The irrigation facility remains under the state-run NIA.

SNAP also acquired the 105 megawatts Ambuklao dam, which is the country’s oldest dam, and the 125 megawatts Binga Dam, both located in Benguet.

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