Last June 22, 2019, Angat Dam Water Level dropped to its critical mark of 160M. The last time Angat Dam reached its critical level of 157.57M was July 2010.
Angat Dam water may last for 3 weeks if there will be no sufficient rain, experts predicted.
The dam supplies 90% of raw water and potable water for Metro Manila. It is also a hydro-electric dam that produces electricity for Power Plants.
The Dam is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system.
DEALING WITH WATER CRISIS
In order to help in the water crisis situation, every resident and businesses in Metro Manila must take action in water conservation measures at home.
- Check leaks in pipes, hose and faucets
- Do not throw waste into the toilet and flush. Use the trash bin.
- Use clothes washer at full load. Use Front Load washers. Front Load washers usually uses 1/3 of the water Top Load washers require.
- Reuse grey water. Grey water is the water draining from your house’s sinks, bathtubs, and laundry machine, which can be used to water plants. You can harvest grey water in a small way with a bucket in your kitchen or shower, or install a grey water system, which reroutes water from your drains to your landscape.
Businesses can do more by being more conscious on water use. Businesses can help in preventing a longer water crisis by implementing the use of recycled water.
Recycled Water or Waste Water Reuse is the process of converting wastewater into water that can be reused for other purposes. Reuse may include irrigation of gardens and agricultural fields or replenishing surface water and groundwater (i.e., groundwater recharge). Reused water may also be directed toward fulfilling certain needs in residences (e.g. toilet flushing), businesses, and industry, and could even be treated to reach drinking water standards. This last option is called either “direct potable reuse” or “indirect potable” reuse, depending on the approach used. Colloquially, the term “toilet to tap” also refers to potable reuse. This water recycling solution may be expensive at first but will equate to long term savings for businesses and long term impact for the environment. To know more about this, you may contact EHS Bioproducts Inc.