Tuesday’s cloud seeding flight over the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa watershed was part of a collaborative effort between the MWSS and concessionaires to bring rains to the Angat dam as a mitigating measure even before the level reaches its critical level.

MWSS Administrator Leonor Cleofas led the launch of the cloud seeding balloon vector in Angat Dam.

A cloud seeding team from PAGASA, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) and Philippine Air Force keep an eye out for the right conditions to produce rain and the right time to seed the seedable clouds.  Numerous factors must come together perfectly the artificial rain to fall: the proper air temperature, humidity, wind speed, a surface that attracts and retains water, and then the proper size material to allow condensation to form on the particle. PAGASA has dispatched weather forecasters and installed a mobile weather radar in Angat Dam, along with an all-weather station, to provide optimized cloud observation data for the Bulacan watershed area.

As the summer season continue to scorch MWSS looks for ways to alleviate the problem of water scarcity. With the help of technology such as the balloon-satellite-based cloud seeding system, a lot of prayers, and an appeal to the public to use water wisely, we should have enough to last until the rainy season.