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Fri 18 Jun 2004

Marina Basin to be turned into a reservoir in 2009

Category : news

"To tap the full potential of water supply from local catchments, PUB is proceeding with the plan to dam up Marina Basin to form a raw water reservoir, ready to supply fresh water by 2009. PUB will call an open tender for the construction of Marina Barrage later this month." - Minster for the Environment, Mr Lim Swee Say, 18th June 2004.

Read the complete text of his speech: ENV news release, 13/2004 (18 Jun 2004), "Speech by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for the Environment, at The Official Opening of Seletar Newater Plant on Friday, 18th June 2004, at 10.00am".

"Plans to turn Marina Basin into reservoir, watersports centre".
By Joanne Leow, Channel NewsAsia, 18 June 2004.

"SINGAPORE : The Public Utilities Board has announced plans to turn the Marina Basin into a freshwater reservoir and a watersports centre in five years' time.

In addition, the Basin will be designed so that it can alleviate flooding in the low-lying parts of the city.

It will serve as a tidal barrier to keep out seawater, and with floodgates, release excess storm water during heavy rain.

Flooding in Chinatown, Boat Quay, Jalan Besar, Farrer Park and Geylang is expected to be reduced once the project is completed.

And the Marina Basin is expected to turn into a major lifestyle attraction for Singaporeans and tourists.

"We will see new and exciting activities along the waterfront promenade, as well as many more water-based activities like sailing and dragon boat races in the basin," said Environment Minister Lim Swee Say. - CNA"

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