23 years in the making: Launch of Marina Reservoir is fruition of MM Lee’s vision of freshwater lake in city
Lee Kuan Yew turns his vision into reality. ST:
AS DRAGON boaters pulled in unison and sailboats glided across the Kallang Basin, Mr Lee Kuan Yew pushed a lever.
A fountain – 12 storeys high – shot up from the water.
And with that, the Marina Reservoir, Singapore’s 15th reservoir, was ready for use. It will supply 10 per cent of the country’s water needs – and take Singapore a step further in its drive to be self-reliant.
The creation of a freshwater lake in the heart of the city was the Minister Mentor’s vision, 23 years in the making.
But even with the launch of its operations yesterday, the task was not done, stressed Mr Lee.
Speaking to the media, he said: ‘There’ll always be leaks, there’ll always be people who will pollute, and you’ve got to keep on cleaning it up and fighting it and getting them to help keep the Marina Reservoir clean.’
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