NORZAGARAY, Bulacan–Rains expected to be brought by typhoon Karding is seen to increase the now depleting water reserve of Angat Dam.

As of Sunday, Angat Dam at 177. 23 meters above sea level (masl)  is almost 35 meters less or below its 212.00 masl normal high water elevation or spilling level. 

Such poor volume of water is 2. 77 meters lower than the 180 masl low elevation of the reservoir. 

Angat Dam supplies Metro Manila with 97% of its water requirement. For the past several months, the absence of rains keeps the dam elevation low.

The dam started to dip below the 180.00 masl low level last month when it recorded 177.87 masl on Aug. 25; 179. 57 masl in July while it was still above the 180.00 masl low elevation in June as it recorded 182.73 masl.

In December, it reached more than 202.00 masl and it started to decrease in the succeeding months with 197.91 masl on Jan. 25 until 190.53 masl in May 25.

Low lying areas in the towns along the Angat River–Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliwag, Plaride, Pulilan, Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong and City of Malolos experience flooding when Angat Dam breached the spilling level. 

Ipo Dam which is at the foot of the Angat Dam catches the water releases of the Angat Dam. Ipo has 101.00 meters spilling level and now is at 100.70 meters elevation.

Bustos Dam catches the discharges of the two dams. Bustos dam which has a spilling level of 17.35 meters is now at 17.00 meters. 

Many are evacuated to higher and safer grounds particularly if there is high tide occurs at the same time including back-flooding from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. 

Angat Dam with similarly low elevation,  taken on November 2021. Photo by Anton Luis Catindig