Two dams in Luzon have released water following tropical storm Pepito’s rains.
Citing the Hydrometeorology Division of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), one gate each was opened in Ipo Dam in Bulacan and Binga Dam in Benguet on Tuesday afternoon.
Ipo Dam’s gate had a 0.2-meter opening, as its current water level has reached 101.05 meters on Wednesday morning, slightly above its 101.0-meter normal high water level. Its water level last Tuesday morning was 100.86 meters.
Meanwhile, Binga Dam’s gate was opened at 0.5 meters to control the flow of water downstream.
Its water level already went down on Wednesday morning at 573.52 meters from 574.36 meters last Tuesday.
Binga Dam’s normal high water level is 575.0 meters.
Other dams being monitored by PAGASA also saw slightly higher water levels due to storm Pepito’s rains.
Angat Dam’s water level was 190.17 meters, up from 189.25 meters. However, it remains below the 210.0-meter normal high water level during the rainy season.
The water level of La Mesa Dam rose from 79.10 meters to 79.24 meters, which is 0.91 meters short of the 80.15-meter spilling level.
San Roque Dam in Pangasinan, Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija, and Magat Dam in Isabela also saw slight increases in their water levels at 244.04 meters, 189.65 meters, and 187.98 meters, respectively.
All three dams, however, remain way below their normal high water levels at 280.0 meters, 218.50 meters, and 193.0 meters, respectively.
Caliraya Dam’s water level, meanwhile, was slightly down from 287.51 meters to 287.30 meters.