Marina Barrage is considered Singapore’s latest downtown icon, built across the mouth of the Marina Channel (map). The Marina Barrage is the first reservoir in the heart of the city, 15th in Singapore.
With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or 1/6 the size of Singapore, the Marina catchment is the island’s largest and most urbanised catchment.
The Marina Barrage is a 350-meter wide dam built across the Marina Channel to keep out seawater. Marina Reservoir combines with the future Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs will increase Singapore’s water catchment areas from half to two-thirds of Singapore’s land areas. As one of the pillars of local water supply, Marina Reservoir will meet more than 10% of Singapore’s current water demand.
The Marina Barrage is part of a comprehensive flood control scheme to alleviate flooding in the low-lying areas in the city such as Chinatown, Boat Quay, Jalan Besar and Geylang.
As the water in the Marina Basin is unaffected by the tides, its water level will be kept constant all year round. This is ideal for all kinds of recreational activities such as boating, windsurfing, kayaking and dragonboating etc at Marina Barrage. In can pump up to 6.3 billion gallons of water per day. The barrage also allows for a consistent water level regardless of tidal flows. The facility also has a 13-megawatt power generation station.
Marina Barrage Tour
This colossal architectural masterpiece is a must-visit. Take a stroll through the barrage’s vast compounds and come face to face with stunning engineering equipment. Visit the intriguing gallery and discover how the Marina barrage ingeniously prevents flooding to the city’s low-lying areas. Or simply stand atop the green roof to take in the sweeping Singapore city skyline.
Marina Barrage Opening Hours: All day
Sustainable Singapore Gallery: Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm (Closed on Tue), Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10am – 8pm
Shuttle Services To Marina Barrage
If you are wondering how to get to marina barrage Singapore, you can take free shuttle bus (or drive your own car to go there). The shuttle bus service between Marina Bay MRT Station and Maina Barrage will run at 30- minute intervals.
- Monday to Friday: 8.30am- 6.30pm
- Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 9.30am- 8.30pm
Pick up Point from MRT Station: Near Handicap Pick-up point (Go straight, turn right)
Pick-up Point from Marina Barrage: Entrance Carpark (Near the Art Pump)
Marina Barrage Conferred the Superior Achievement Award
The Marina Barrage was conferred the Superior Achievement Award – the highest honour of the competition for the best project entry – at the AAEE Annual Awards Luncheon held in Washington, DC, USA on 6 May 2009.
The Marina Barrage beat 33 other entries to take home the top prize in this year’s competition organised by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), becoming the second project outside of USA to win the award, in the last decade.
UPDATE (Oct 2009): I visited Marina Barrage last Saturday; perfect weather! I recommend you take your family and visit Marina Barrage, really worth going. Here’s a video taken that day showing the amazing gallery tour and the Marina Garrage (I have to say, the actual scene is better.