(UPDATED) The water supply level in the Campo Uno dam in Brgy. Irawan is starting to recover with the onset of rains.
Jenn Rausa, acting information officer of the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD), said Wednesday that the main water source has started to log an average production per day of 11,676 cubic meters from May 24-31 from only 1,359.57 cubic meters on April 26-May 3, 2019.
The average water production per day they are hoping to achieve is 18,000 cubic meters, she said.
“Ngayon napansin natin na ang ilog natin ay medyo tuyo pa pero kumpara sa kalagayan nito noong nakaraang buwan, masasabi natin na kahit papaano ay nakaka-recover na or papunta na tayo doon sa pag-recover totally ng ating ilog. We are hoping na sa mga susunod na pag-ulan ay mas tataas na o magkakaroon na talaga tayo ng mas maayos, mas normal na surface flow,” she said.
Rausa also said the PPCWD has already completed the 40-hour cloud seeding contract on Thursday.
She said they are no longer extending it because it has already started to rain.
“Tapos na ang cloud deeding kahapon (June 7), we are not going to extend na rin ng operation. Umuulan na rin at makakatulong na ‘yan sa pag-recover ng ilog,” she said.
Earlier, the city water district eyed the possibility of doing another 10-20 hours of cloud seeding operations pending the onset of the rainy season.
On Friday, PAGASA chief Sonny Pajarilla said they are still monitoring the shift in the weather system, the volume, and the persistence of rainfall distribution.
He said, however, that they expect their official forecast to declare the onset of the rainy season next week.
“Inaasahan natin next week, bago pa man ganap na matapos ‘yong kalahati ng buwan ay maaaring mino-monitor natin closely ‘yong shift ng ating hangin, dami, at consistency ng pag-ulan,” he said.
Pajarilla added that the criteria for declaring the start of the rainy season must be five days of consecutive rainfalls.