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La Mesa Dam. (File picture by JOAN BONDOC / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The water level of the La Mesa Dam, a part of the system that provides most of Metro Manila’s water for households, is now again to normal, after it dipped to “code red” standing on Thursday.

The dam’s reservoir water level was at 79.38 meters as of 6 a.m. on Saturday – up by almost a meter from Friday and Thursday’s 78.four meters.

The normal water level of the La Mesa reservoir is from 79 to 80 meters. Anything beneath or above this vary would benefit a “code red” standing, state hydrologist Richard Orendain stated in a cellphone interview on Saturday.

Orendain works on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

The improve may need been brought on by the approval of a requested “inflow” from Ipo Dam, which in flip, obtained an influx from Angat Dam, Orendain stated.

The hydrologist famous it was the primary time he noticed a “critical” low level at La Mesa Dam, although reducing water ranges in dams is normal in the course of the summer season season.

Orendain credited the dip to stronger consumption of water in the course of the dry season, which on the La Mesa Dam reached 100 cubic meters a day.

Last weekend, Pagasa appealed to the general public to begin conserving water, since water ranges in dams would begin to dip with the onset of the dry season.

Orendain stated critically low ranges on the Angat Dam – that’s, beneath 180 meters – -may happen by mid-June. But that will occur if it could not rain from now till then, which is unlikely, since rains are anticipated in May, Orendain stated.

Dams are anticipated to “recover” normal water ranges in May.

When reservoir water ranges in dams are important, they’ll now not provide water for all features resembling for irrigation, energy era, and home use.

If Angat Dam ought to attain a critically low level, the water provide for irrigation would routinely be lower, Orendain defined. /atm

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