Bustos Dam Reaches Spill Level, Releases Water To Farmlands

The rains in the past few weeks enabled Bustos Dam to release a minimum amount of irrigation supply to farmlands in this province.

Felix Robles, head of the water control and coordinating unit of Bustos Dam, said that rainwater collected in the past few weeks was enough for the dam to release fifteen cubic meters per second (cms) of water for irrigation.

He said the water level at Bustos Dam, which catches water released by Angat Dam for irrigation, was above the overflow level of 17.50 meters, or at 17.53 meters as of 3:30 p.m. Monday.

He said rainwater flowed from Bayabas and Maasim rivers to Bustos Dam, which releases irrigation water to farmlands.

“The release of irrigation water will be sustained as long as there are local flows coming from the upstream rivers of Bustos Dam,” Robles added.

Gloria Carillo, provincial agriculturist of Bulacan, said the province has 48,754.30 hectares of rice lands, of which 32,719.30 hectares are irrigated while the rest are rain-fed. (PNA)

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