Gallery: Singapore’s Green-Roofed Marina Barrage Controls Flooding and ...

Singapore receives 100 inches of rain each year, making flood control and water supply preservation a big issue. The solution: an elegant, low-level dam, known as the Marina Barrage. The Marina Barrage is the nation’s 15th reservoir, but it is the first in the heart of the city. Conceived by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew nearly two decades ago, the Marina Barrage creates a freshwater reservoir that increases the available supply of water and decreases dependence from imported sources. Together with two other new reservoirs, it has increased Singapore’s water catchment from half to two-thirds of the country’s land area.

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