DENR assures 15M Metro Manila residents of enough water supply

March 30, 2010 10:24 pm 

MANILA, March 30 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday assured the 15 million residents of Metro Manila of enough water supply provided by Angat Dam in Bulacan Province despite the threats of El Niño.

DENR Secretary Horacio Ramos said during a news conference at the DENR main office in Quezon City that the water elevation in Angat Dam is still declining but the rate of decline has slowed down because of the intermittent rains that fell on the dam’s watershed area in the past weeks.

Ramos said based on the rate of reduction in February, the existing water elevation should have already reached 10 meters below the Angat Dam’s normal level.

As of March 30, the water level in Angat Dam dropped to 182.26 meters, or 9.37 meters short of its normal elevation.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has reduced water allocation for domestic households in Metro Manila by 13.6 percent last February and 17.9 percent in March.

While the water level in Angat Dam is expected to drop by 162 to 165 meters by the end of June, the DENR said there is still no need for additional reduction in water allocation for Metro Manila.

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) said only about 2 percent of the population is served by east zone concessionaire Manila Water and west zone concessionaire Maynilad have been affected so far by low water pressure and reduced water service hours.

Water allocation for irrigation requirements of 27,000-hectare farmlands in Bulacan and Pampanga, and water supply of Metro Manila was reduced to ensure available supply until July 2010 when El Niño is expected to be over. (PNA)

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