by Myrna Velasco – January 5, 2016
from Manila Bulletin
State-run National Power Corporation (NPC) has released water anew from the Angat Dam, but it has advanced caution to the public that may be affected by the activity.
On account of the warning issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on combined strike of monsoon and easterly rains, the power firm has noted that minimal water discharge had to be undertaken at the dam.
The water release was scheduled Tuesday (January 5) at 8:00 a.m., according to the state-run firm’s advisory to the media.
“The Angat Dam will open 0.5 meters in Gate 2 or an estimate of 70 cubic meters per second (cms) of water,” NPC has emphasized.
It qualified though that “the water release will hardly be felt along Angat River and will not cause flooding in nearby areas.”
Nevertheless, the company still advised people in the area to “be on alert and take necessary precautions.”
It has to be recalled that the water releases at the dam last month after the wallop of tropical storm ‘Nona” had turned very controversial – reaching a point wherein the local government of Bulacan was threatening to file class suit against the agencies involved in it.
NPC though stood its ground and asserted its readiness to face the legal skirmish, insisting that it was the only judicious move that can be done following the weather disturbance to minimize its impact on the dam and the general public.
As of January 4 at 3:00 p.m., NPC has reported that water elevation level at the Angat Dam was at 215.11 meters above seal level (masl), which is still above the normal water elevation of 212 masl.
The Angat Dam partly supplies power capacity for the Luzon grid, but its main function is meeting the water drinking needs of Metro Manila and neighboring areas plus irrigation of farmlands.