Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Bedok Reservoir

Description

Bedok Reservoir was a sand quarry that was converted into a reservoir as part of the Sungei Seletar/Bedok Water Scheme. Sungei Seletar Reservoir, now known as Lower Seletar Reservoir is part of the same scheme. Nine stormwater collection ponds at Yishun, Bedok, and Tampines were also constructed as part of the scheme.  Eight of these nine catchments were equipped with a collection pond and a pumping station to pump stormwater from the pond into the reservoir via a pipeline. Water from the ninth catchment was transferred to the reservoir through a gravity-flow diversion channel.

The water treatment plant, Bedok Waterworks, was also started in association with the Bedok Reservoir. It was built about 400 m west of the reservoir to treat water from both Bedok and Lower Seletar reservoirs. Two pumping stations and 17 km of pipelines facilitate the transfer of raw water from Lower Seletar Reservoir to Bedok Reservoir then to the treatment plant.

Visitors to Bedok Reservoir can enjoy the park around it that consists of running and cycling tracks, a fitness station and a playground. There are also various water activities like dragonboating and kayaking that are held in the reservoir. At the Bedok Reservoir Park, visitors can also take part in a tree top course with Forest Adventure which boasts four zip lines extending over the reservoir.

Bedok Reservoir is different from most of our other reservoirs as it was created from a sand quarry rather than damming of a natural river. Thus all the animals that are living in the reservoir are introduced. These includes unwanted pets and animals released as religious merit-making offerings.


Getting there
There are several buses that reach the reservoir: 5, 18, 21, 22, 28, 59, 65, 66, 67, 69, 168 and 228. The nearest MRT station is Bedok station, and from there once can take bus 18, 66, 69, 168 or 228 to get to the reservoir.

Other Resources

National Library Board Singapore. 2009. Bedok Reservoir. http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_1482_2009-03-06.html. (Accessed October 2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Bedok Reservoir Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=6&Itemid=73. (Accessed October 2012).

Public Utilities Board, Singapore. 2008. Explore Bedok Reservoir. http://www.pub.gov.sg/abcwaters/Documents/Bedok_reservoir_Final.pdf. (Accessed October 2012).

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