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Advisory suspensionAugust21 2021

Further Amending the Policy Guidelines on the Processing and Issuance of Water Permits (WPs) and Conditional Water Permits (CWPs)
NWRB Res. No. 15-0921 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on September 22, 2021 which provides that all holders of CWP for municipal use shall secure a CPC and maintain the same in good standing until the WP has been issued, otherwise, the CWP will be cancelled or revoked. On the other hand, all holders of a WP for municipal use shall maintain the legality and good standing of a CPC, otherwise the same can be a ground for the cancellation of the WP. Likewise, water permittees for municipal use not required by law to secure a CPC shall also maintain their WPs in good standing, otherwise the same may be cancelled or revoked.
Standard Rules and Regulations in the Operation of Waterworks Systems, As Revised 2021
NWRB Res. No. 14-0921 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on September 22, 2021 which embodies modifications on the existing rules and regulations in the operations of waterworks systems.
Granting of Authority to Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director to Represent NWRB in All Civil and Administrative Cases
NWRB Res. No. 14-0821 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on August 25, 2021 that grants authority to the Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director to represent NWRB in all civil and administrative cases where NWRB is a party, either as a complainant/petitioner or respondent/defendant, before any court of law or such other tribunals.
Extension of Time on the Submission of Annual Report and Payment of Supervision and Regulation Fees During the State of Public Health Emergency
NWRB Res. No. 05-0221 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on February 17, 2021 which provides CPC grantees a two (2) months extension period on the submission of Annual Reports and payment of Supervision and Regulation Fees, which fall due on May 30, 2021 and September 30, 2021, respectively during the State of Public Health Emergency.

January 3, 2021

The National Water Resources Board and its partner agencies involved in the management of the Angat Dam — PAGASA, NAPOCOR, NIA, MWSS and its concessionaires, and Angat Hydro Corporation — encourages the public to wisely use our water resources and conserve water whenever possible this year. This is to ensure that sufficient water is available for municipal, irrigation and hydropower uses in the subsequent months, particularly during the summer season.

As of December 31, 2021 at 12 midnight, the Angat Dam elevation is at 202.80 meters which is 9.20 meters below the normal high water level (NHWL) of 212 meters. There was a slight increase in the water level with some rainfall brought about by the northeast monsoon but not adequate enough to fill the dam near its ideal year end elevation. The country’s weather bureau, PAGASA, forecasted that the occurrence of La Nina phenomenon which started last October 2021 will continue to persist until March 2022. Rainfall could be enhanced by the northeast monsoon from January to February which could provide more precipitation. This could bring near normal rainfall in the Angat watershed area in the first semester of this year.

With the current status of Angat Dam and the forecasted rainfall in the watershed, the dam may reach its minimum operating level of 180 meters in the middle of April 2022. Water level projections for the first semester of 2022 show that there is sufficient water supply until the onset of the rainy season by the middle part of the year. However, there is a need to manage the releases from the dam as a precaution for any significant changes in the projections.

NWRB and its partner agencies are implementing several mitigating measures to sustain water availability and to ensure adequate water supply for Metro Manila and its adjoining provinces as well as for the irrigation areas in Bulacan and Pampanga. The situation is closely being monitored by the said agencies and the public will be informed of further developments.