Angat Dam water level rises, still critical
MANILA, Philippines – The rains of Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) raised water levels at Angat Dam to 165.79 meters above sea level (masl) as of 8 am Friday, July 18.
This is a 3.05 meter increase from the 162.74 meters above sea level reported last Wednesday, July 16, the National Power Corporation (Napocor) said.
“Our dam’s minimum operating level for potable water supply is 160 masl and we were anticipating to reach this level after about 10 days. The additional water brought by the rains was a big help to augment the water supply,” Napocor said in a statement.
Typhoon Glenda made landfall in Albay on Tuesday, July 15, and made its way through different parts of Southern Luzon before leaving the country Thursday, July 17. (READ: #GlendaPH: What's happened and how to help)
Despite the elevation, Napocor – in coordination with state weather bureau PAGASA – still intends to conduct cloud seeding to improve Angat’s water level.
Angat Dam in Bulacan supplies 97% of Metro Manila’s water needs.
Recent rains brought only around 50 mm of water; the dam is still in need of 2,491 mm of rainfall to reach the minimum high of 210 meters above sea level. (READ: #ReliefPH: Help #GlendaPH victims) – Rappler.com
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