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What it takes to keep the Marina Barrage running

Regular maintenance done to ensure system of crest gates and drainage pumps works well

Underneath a sky dotted with kites, children are doing cartwheels on the grass while couples enjoy a romantic sunset picnic. Occasionally, a family of otters makes a guest appearance, adding to the charms of the Marina Barrage, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in October.

The barrage has become a popular hangout in the heart of the city for locals and tourists alike. But many forget that its main purpose is to serve as an additional water supply source and it is an important means of flood alleviation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Keeping the barrage running'. Print Edition | Subscribe