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photoblog image Reservoir: Marina Barrage 2

Reservoir: Marina Barrage 2

This reservoir was inaugurated in 2010 and it turned Marina Bay into a not only a downtown freshwater reservoir, but also flood control and offers a new lifestyle attraction. It also gives better flexibility to control flooding in low lying areas of Chinatown and Jalan Besar. When the water levels rise due to heavy rains or tides, the gates can be rotated along a horizontal axis to let the water out in to the sea. Each gate is 5m tall and standing on a base in about 15m of water. There are also additional 7 giant pumps (one pump can drain an entire Olympic-sized swimming pool in a minute) to push out water, for more drastic measures. With the barrage in operation, the water in the reservoir is calm enough to host competitive and recreation kayaking and dragonboating.

 

And of course, a lot of people are there just to enjoy the outdoors and feel the breeze. This is probably any typical weekend.

Reservoir: Marina Barrage 2

This reservoir was inaugurated in 2010 and it turned Marina Bay into a not only a downtown freshwater reservoir, but also flood control and offers a new lifestyle attraction. It also gives better flexibility to control flooding in low lying areas of Chinatown and Jalan Besar. When the water levels rise due to heavy rains or tides, the gates can be rotated along a horizontal axis to let the water out in to the sea. Each gate is 5m tall and standing on a base in about 15m of water. There are also additional 7 giant pumps (one pump can drain an entire Olympic-sized swimming pool in a minute) to push out water, for more drastic measures. With the barrage in operation, the water in the reservoir is calm enough to host competitive and recreation kayaking and dragonboating.

 

And of course, a lot of people are there just to enjoy the outdoors and feel the breeze. This is probably any typical weekend.

comments (19)

Très jolis tous ces cerfs-volants.
Ayush Basu: It is always like this at this place, especially on weekends.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Aug 2019, 02:39
There is much to admire about Singapore, Ayush.

This fine image shows off several important aspects of the Singapore ethos.
Ayush Basu: I think they got several things right when it comes to nation building, Ray.
golly ... what a sight!
Ayush Basu: It can get a bit crowded on weekends here!
Great shot, Ayush!
But the orange cupid is a bit creepy! smile
Ayush Basu: Yes, I see others are pointing that as well, Elizabeth grin
YAY for water control like this, Ayush, which you have also seen a lot of while in the Netherlands. I have a feeling more and more cities/countries are having to follow suit these days of climate change. I hope they aren't too late!
Ayush Basu: Indeed, the Netherlands is a world leader in that, Ginnie. And you are right, we are probably at the mercy of the elements now.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Aug 2019, 06:23
Ditto to what Ginnie said. Yesterday I was at the Biesbosch again and the housemaster of our complex told me that there is a great lake that they keep pure with certain kind of fish and that water is meant to be for the city of Rotterdam. Next time I have a ride I might go the watch-tower, overlooking the lake.
I love your series, Ayush.
ermm do I see #45 on a rope flying to heaven...
Ayush Basu: I like your Biesbosch series, Astrid. It is good to see that there is a clear policy and it is even better that the people in the region recognize the importance of them. There are all kinds of kites that people buy or fabricate, to fly here.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Aug 2019, 06:43
Kite flying seems to be very popular
Ayush Basu: I think a lot of people make or buy these things to bring here and fly, Chris.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2019, 06:53
Sounds like the many benefits to the community, We have fairly similar gates on the River Thame that stop any sea surges flooding our capital city. Looks to be a good day for kite flying.
Ayush Basu: Good that the authorities had the vision and people are making use of the facilities as well, Alan.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 23 Aug 2019, 07:44
It looks a pleasant spot to enjoy the air Ayush.
Ayush Basu: And it is well visited by a lot of people, Chad.
Donald Trump as Cupid???
Ayush Basu: Kites are available in all kinds of jokers, Bill.
oh muh gosh!! that's totally surreal lol i love it!!
Ayush Basu: I should visit this place more often, Elaine.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 23 Aug 2019, 12:35
Your shot captures the mood. Well done.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Beth.
This could be almost anywhere when families and friends join together for fun and relaxation in the great outside.
Ayush Basu: The recreation possibilities of this place are well utilized, Brian.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Aug 2019, 16:32
The description of the barrage functions, is sort of over the top. Redirect the gates - what an idea and then the engineers made it work. I think the Dutch will be jealous of this.

City people in a park - this could be almost anywhere. But for the kites...
Ayush Basu: The engineers certainly thought out of the box, because I can certainly imagine a lot of first reactions that go "cannot be done", Louis. I think the Dutch already have something not too dissimilar called the Delta Works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCnwzHqSvdE
this is a great picture of the people flying kites Ayush....petersmile
Ayush Basu: The recreation possibilities of this place are well utilized, Peter.
Look at the number of kites in the sky! I would love to see them.
Ayush Basu: There are indeed a lot of kites crowding the space, Mary.
Kite flying is obviously the thing!
Ayush Basu: The recreation possibilities of this place are well utilized, Tom, but kite flying seems to be the most popular.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Aug 2019, 01:43
Like Bill I saw the flying cupid as Trump!

Thankfully I am not traumatized by my initial thought...
Ayush Basu: I guess some people want to send a clear message - "go fly a kite!"
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 27 Aug 2019, 21:47
such a whimsical feel
Ayush Basu: I see what you mean, Sherri.

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