Magat dam’s stored water nears critical level

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela — Magat Dam’s stored water has further dropped and is nearing critical level, the chief of the Magat Dam Management Division has said.

As of Aug. 1, the dam’s water level was at 161.66 meters, 18 meters below its normal level of 180 meters, and nearing the critical level of 160 meters, Engr. Rodolfo Mejia said.

Mejia said Typhoon Carina did not supply enough water to the dam’s watershed areas, leading to the water level’s continued decline.

The dam could still deliver water for irrigation but cannot help the hydropower plant generate electricity, he said, adding that they were pinning their hopes on the monsoon rains. PNA/