To boost the available power supply in the upcoming polls in May, Magat Dam will release water to help generate more electricity from March to May.
Edwin Viernes, acting head of the Flood Forecasting and Instrumentation Section of the Dam and Reservoir Division (DRD) of the National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System, said on Saturday that water supply will continue during the period since the facility is scheduled to stop releasing irrigation water around then, with current cropping activities in its service area afterward.
During this period, the dam will allocate about 40 cubic meters of water per second for power generation, according to Viernes.
“That will produce around 25 megawatts of power,” he said, noting that the production would help boost the availability of power, especially for the national polls in May.
Due to the shortage of rainfall over the watershed, the water level in Magat Dam has been decreasing, according to the DRD data.
On the other hand, Magat still has a normal irrigation water allotment of 160 cms in January to cover almost 86,000 hectares of rice farmers in the dam’s service area, according to Viernes.
Because the rice plants are ready for harvesting later in the month, he said Magat’s February irrigation allotment may be slightly lower.
Magat will continue to provide irrigation water until 5 March, after which it will stop until 9 May, according to Viernes.
While the dam is not releasing water for farming activities, there will be repair work for irrigation facilities in Magat’s service area, he said.
Non-release of irrigation water, according to the DRD, would aid in the increase of water in Magat.
The Magat Dam of Isabela, which is located on the Magat River between the towns of Alfonso Lista in the province of Ifugao and Ramon in the province of Isabela, is known for providing irrigation water as well as hydroelectric power.
The dam provides electricity to the entire Isabela.