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NWRB cuts water allocation for irrigation

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has reduced the water allocation from Angat Dam for irrigation, before completely suspending it for the rest of the month.

In a Viber message, NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. said the water allocation for irrigation has been slashed to 10 cubic meters per second (cms) from 30 cms from May 1 to 10.

“Harvesting at nasa terminal drainage na po sila kaya reduced na irrigation requirement for the month of May until resumption ng wet cropping season by middle of June,” David said.

After May 10, the NWRB chief said water release for irrigation will be suspended “until the next cropping cycle to start by middle of June.”

Angat Dam irrigates several farmlands in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.

Last month, the NWRB raised the allocation for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to 52 cms from the earlier approved increase of 50 cms. 

The same allocation was also conditionally approved for the month of May.

The MWSS is the government’s water distribution utility serving Metro Manila and nearby provinces. It has concession deals with Manila Water and Maynilad to serve the east and west zones of Metro Manila.  —KBK, GMA Integrated News