Singapore’s 15th reservoir

Did you know that tiny Singapore, at just over 700km² has 17 reservoirs? Unbelievably, two thirds of Singapore is used as catchment area to capture the rain runoffs from storms that frequently pound our tropical island. At least this is what our public water agency tells us, in addition to reminding us to reduce water use.

Wherever you are (if you are reading this), you should too!

Casting our research around a little, it is clear that water is likely to be the source of a lot of conflict in the future. We read about how countries dispute over who has the right to alter the flow of the rivers or build dams upstream. Pollution is obviously another serious challenge, not just from industrial activities but also from agricultural run offs. Bad water habits have seen water per capita use rise alarmingly too.

We have observed how neighbouring countries with a seemingly larger hinterland can run into water shortages. And we are all countries in the tropics! Where it rains almost every day in the year. Especially with the La Nina phenomena which suggests a wetter southeast Asia.

Isn’t it a wonder that some tropical countries are expected to have extreme stress?

If there is truly any commitment, it is to practice the 3Rs when it comes to water: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:

  • Reduce water handprint – don’t leave taps running, use the economical wash options on the machines etc.
  • Don’t just throw away water, use them to flush the toilets! Reuse.
  • Recycle – now that’s a tough one for us individuals, but in Singapore the waste water is treated and turned into both industrial water (non potable) and drinking water!

If we as individuals simply practice in daily life the first two Rs, it will already be impactful. Remember : “little drops of water a mighty ocean makes”.

Being self sufficient for water is a critical strategy for long term sustainability and survival of our little red dot. Water is life and without it, there is no living. Marina barrage was commissioned in 2010 as our country’s 15th reservoir.

Read more about how to visit the barrage and what you can see there. And marvel at what our little red dot has done.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

15 thoughts on “Singapore’s 15th reservoir”

  1. Argh! Apparently, we have water shortage… in the midst of quite a lot of rain and thunderstorms in the highveld. Some of us think they just want to charge us more because that’s what we’ve been told; we get charged a higher rate the moment our consumption goes over a certain limit. Not that we want to waste. Not at all. To help, we just don’t bath/shower. Lol! Kidding. Showering is the better option, I heard. They don’t know how long I shower. But promise, I’ll shower less. 🙂

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    1. More reasons to revisit. In fact, places such as Sentosa are but scratching the nice surface areas of the island. You can see so much more venturing out a little. The little red dot is called such because its really little!


  2. great post! I see my country is low stress. We have snow in most province and this snow becomes water in the spring. Right now there is snow in VANCOUVER but I am in Mexico for another week. I almost hope to see the snow when I return but I want the road conditions to be good…

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    1. Oh you are lucky to live in a country where nature stores the water for you! LOL. It is indeed a blessing which we hope you cherish.
      Here in our little red dot we have to scrimp and save water. Some people here still don’t realize it, but we actually pay a very very low price for water that we use.

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