Keppel Hill, off Telok Blangah Road, has become a new place of exploration in Singapore ever since the local newspapers published the “rediscovery” of its reservoir in 2014.
The forgotten reservoir, reported to be dated as early as 1905, had appeared in the early maps. But by the fifties, it had vanished from the maps and its location was not officially marked for sixty years.
The 2m-deep reservoir is not easily visible although it is located at a short distance away from Keppel Hill Road. Nature has reclaimed it over the decades, as the overgrown vegetation shields it from public attention. The stagnant pool of water is also filled with dry leaves and twigs.
Remnants of the reservoir still exist today, such as concrete steps, an old diving board and a bathing area. There are also new pipes and pumps, appearing to be in fine working conditions, linking to the reservoir that is only about one-third of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Read more at Exploring the Forgotten Keppel Hill Reservoir.
Published: 11 October 2014
Updated: 10 August 2016