NWRB conducts 3rd Press Conference on El Niño

PRESS RELEASEOctober 1, 2015
Quezon City

With the ongoing strong El Niño in the country, the National Water Resources Board resolved a 5% decrease from last month’s water allocation for domestic and municipal use starting today. According to NWRB Executive Director Sevillo D. David Jr., the Board approved the 36 cubic meters per second (cms) in October from 38 cms last September for MWSS.


This necessary reduction is determined to manage the water from the Angat reservoir during the period of this extraordinary El Niño which is projected to last until June 2016.

MWSS Senior Deputy Administrator Nathaniel Santos stated that they respect the decision of the Board and that they will exert best effort to manage the allocation given to the concessionaires.

“We are confident that Maynilad and Manila Water can manage the allocation properly,” he said.   

However, the Board decided to approve a standby allocation of 10 cms for irrigation use in the 14,000-hectare AMRIS area from October 16 to 31. This means that the said amount of water will be available for the farmlands in Bulacan and some parts of Pampanga if the necessity arises. The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will forward the request to NWRB for evaluation and appropriate approval of the Board.

“We will send a request to the NWRB, then their approval will likely be given 3 or 4 days after,” explained Engr. Romeo Lopez of NIA.  

The measure was concluded to prevent crop damage worth P1.19 billion.

According to the latest update of PAGASA, 69% of the country will experience the drought and dry spell by the end of the year. The effects will intensify in the first quarter of 2016 where 68 provinces or equivalent to 85% nationwide will be hit. With this situation, the public is strongly advised to conserve water and help the government in addressing the serious impacts of this powerful El Niño.

The dam’s current water level is 189.91 meters as of 8:00 a.m. – still way below 20.09 m. from its normal high water level (NHWL) of 210 m.