Too Much or Too Little

12 Feb 2014

The climate has been erratic in Singapore these days. It could be hot and humid in the afternoon, but it could be extremely windy and cold in the evening.

Despite being perplexed at this recent weather trend, I still think that we are extremely fortunate to be living in Singapore. Yes! We feel that the cost of living is high and accommodation is no longer that affordable. Yes! We feel that the traffic is becoming from bad to worst despite the insane COE prices and the ridiculous ERP charges. Yes! We feel that our world class public transportation and drainage system have occasionally failed us. We can complain all we want but one thing that we should be thankful for is the clean supply of drinking water right into our homes – a luxury that people in some parts of the world cannot afford. Unfortunately, most of us take this precious resource for granted.

The process of treating rainwater (raw water) takes a huge amount of planning and investment. I bet you didn’t know that the planning and development for Singapore’s modern water supply system goes way back to 1857? Read more here. (I shall spare you the technical aspects of treating raw or used water. Trust me – I used to read up about these infrastructures, so you would not want me to bore you with details. Ha! Ha!)

What I find so amazing about Singapore is the fact that an island with limited land to collect or store rainwater has managed to overcome its limitations and develop a sustainable supply of water for its people. Through research and innovation, this nation has managed to build a robust and diversified supply of water known as the “Four National Taps” which comprises of local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.

But what I find truly truly truly remarkable is the way Singapore has allowed people to be closer to this precious resource through its ABC Waters Programme, while maintaining the integrity and consistency of its water supply. For example, we can now rent a kayak at MacRitchie Reservoir and paddle along the reservoir banks, or try our luck at the designated fishing area, without worrying that such activities will have an impact on our drinking water.

Why allow people to play in our precious resource one may ask?  Well, if you are creating a bond with water, you will tend to appreciate and cherish it even more – a brilliant Jedi mind trick I tell you.

That’s all the musings from me today. Have a great weekend everyone!

Pic 1: Thanks to the ABC Waters Programme, visitors to MacRitchie Reservoir will be surrounded by lush greenery upon entering Singapore’s oldest reservoir.

Pic 2: It is not difficult for visitors to spot this giant tree at MacRitchie Reservoir. It seems to be a favourite spot for photographers and filmmakers. Does anyone know why people like to take pictures around this tree? I think the main reason could be because of the huge shade that it provides against the sun and harsh lighting.

Pic 3: You can know rent a kayak and paddle along the reservoir banks – something which was unheard of before the opening of Paddle Lodge at MacRitchie Reservoir in 2005.

Pic 4: My favourite photo of the day. I love looking at this picture. Can you spot a kayaker?

By Hunter

Note: Hunter has kindly volunteered to contribute photo essays of interesting places around Singapore’s water bodies. If you would like to suggest for a place that he should visit, kindly send your suggestion to

Camera: Nikon D3000, Lens: 18-55mm.


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