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.
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