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Marina Reservoir is Singapore’s first reservoir built in this millennium, bringing to fruition Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s 20-year vision to dam the Marina Channel to create a freshwater lake. The project was conceptualised around the time PUB had made a paradigm shift in water management, calling on the public to look at water as a shared resource and to develop a joint ownership of our blue spaces.

This new-age reservoir, formed by building Marina Barrage across the mouth of the Marina Channel, therefore fulfils more than its promised triple benefits of water supply, flood control and a hotspot for water activities. By integrating its core functions together with features designed to attract the public, Marina Barrage helps to advance PUB’s strategic objective — to bring people closer to water.

Its unique open concept is rare for public infrastructures and is a reflection of PUB’s new approach in water management. There are no gates or fenced-up areas here, as the public can wander around the open grounds and soak in knowledge about how Singapore manages its water resources.
 
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Along the way, they can stop and admire various artworks created around the environment and water theme. The Arts Trail features works by local and overseas artists such as potter Iskandar Jalil, artist Lim Poh Teck, artist Benny Ong, potter Jessie Lim, American artist John Stewart Jackson, Spanish artist Lorenzo Quinn, German artist Bernward Frank and Austrian artist Hans Muhr.

At Marina Barrage, opportunities abound for people to connect with water. Besides those heading for the reservoir waters on a kayak or dragonboat, children dart between sprouting jets while the adults cool off by dipping their toes in the water. Within the building, the Sustainable Singapore Gallery was designed to connect people with the past and to the future of Singapore’s water story.

Its spacious open grounds have become a focal point for various community and public events. Since its official opening on 31 October 2008, the Marina Barrage has welcomed more than a million visitors, including distinguished guests such as Singapore President S R Nathan, the Duke of York, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and Chinese Vice-Premier, Wang Qishan.

It has also played host to several major local and international events, attracting crowds in excess of 10,000 visitors for each event, such as the end-of-year Countdown in 2008/2009, the Opening Ceremony of the Singapore Arts Festival 2009 and the Singapore International Water Week and its co-located events.

So who says a reservoir is merely a water storage area? We have now entered the age and time of the modern marina. Let’s toast to that!
   
 
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