Marina Barrage is Singapore’s 15th reservoir and the first of its kind in the urban premises. For a country like Singapore, which receives 100 inches of rain each year, flood management, water supply as well as storage are big issues.
Built across the Marina channel, the reservoir is a low-level dam in itself and provides a one-stop solution to all these issues. The Marina Barrage is one-sixth the size ofSingapore. It has got a catchment area of 10,000 hectares. This catchment is the country’s largest and most urbanized.
It majorly helps in flood control. Nine crest gates are activated during heavy rains to release excess storm water into the sea. The reservoir can meet approximately 10% ofSingapore’s current water demand; hence the island nation depends on this dam-cum-reservoir to meet its water supply needs.
This fresh water reservoir so elegantly constructed that it actually enhances the beauty of the place. Marina Barrage was conceived by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew almost two decades ago, so it is relatively a new dam.
Marina Barrage and two other reservoirs have increased Singapore’s water catchment from half to two-thirds of the country’s land area. Thus the country has decreased the dependence on imported water sources to a great level.
The Marina Barrage also provides space for recreational activities such as boating, windsurfing, kayaking, etc. The green roof of the barrage attracts people for kite flying, picnicking and to watch the exotic views of the bay.