NWRB Lowers Water Allocation for Metro Manila

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The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will re-implement a lower domestic water allocation for Metro Manila effective June 1, due to the continuous decline in the water level of Angat Dam.The NWRB, the lead government agency that regulates the country's water resource, will re-implement 35 cubic meters per second allocation for the domestic water supply of 12 million Filipinos in Metro Manila.Engr. Jorge Estioko, chief water resources development officer of the NWRB, said the water allocation for Metro Manila has been reduced to 3,024 million liters per day (MLD) from 3,197 MLD to ensure continuous water supply from Angat Dam for Metro Manila until end of June or the start of rainy season.About 97 percent of water source in Metro Manila comes from Angat Dam, while the remaining 3 percent are sourced from deep wells.The NWRB also aims to ensure that Angat Dam's water level will not fall below 160 meters by the end of June because the water outlet going to Metro Manila operates above a 160-meter level of Angat Dam.Angat Dam is currently operating under critical level of 167.68 meters above sea level (masl), or 16.01 meters short of its normal operating level.Estioko noted that the current water elevation is lower by 46 centimeters from the previous level of 168. …