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MANILA – Magat Dam in northern Luzon may still supply water in January 2022 even if the facility's water level currently continues to decline.
There is a possibility for the water level in the dam to slightly increase beyond its 193 meters normal high or spilling level by year-end, said Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hydrologist Sonia Serrano.
"That rise in Magat's water will enable this dam to have enough water to supply in January," she said.
For December, PAGASA forecasts near-normal rainfall over the watershed where Magat Dam is located. Such rainfall can help water in the dam rise considerably.
PAGASA said Magat's 6 a.m. water level on Tuesday was at 180.39 meters or 0.40 meter below what it was 24 hours earlier. Magat's 6 a.m. water level was also 12.61 meters lower than its normal high.
However, PAGASA said the water level may be at 194.51 meters by year’s end, as it expects this month some 221 millimeters of rainfall over Magat watershed and a water allocation of 152.55 cubic meters per second in the area. (PNA)