Rains not enough to refill Magat Dam but irrigate farmlands

By:  Villamor Visaya, Jr.

RAMON, Isabela — Intermittent rains have barely filled up the reservoir of Magat Dam here but more than enough to supply irrigation water to at least 80,000 hectares of palay farms in the province and nearby Ifugao and Quirino.

Carlo Ablan, National Irrigation Administration-Magat Dam flood forecasting section head engineer, told the Philippine News Agency that rainwater filled up the dam up to at least 181.18 meters as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday but the desired level is 190 meters.

“We do not spill water unless typhoons will directly hit us,” he noted.

The inflow was 276 cubic meters per second while the outflow was 211 cubic meters per second with no water discharge to the river.

However, the rains were beneficial as the reservoir was able to support the irrigation requirements of palay farmers, Ablan said.

The construction of Magat Dam started in 1975 and was completed in 1982. It was built to fulfill the growing energy and irrigation needs of the area.

The dam discharges some 9,808 million cubic meters in a year. (PNA)

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