A Water Supply System to Boast About

By Soon-Tzu Speechley

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The Penang Botanic Garden Reservoir.
Penang’s inherited dams, reservoirs, aqueducts and sewers help define the island.When we talk about heritage in Penang, we tend to focus on George Town’s historic monuments. As it happens, the city’s heritage is in its plumbing too. Penang’s water infrastructure is another part of the city’s colonial inheritance – one expanded upon and maintained by successive generations.Drawing from the cold, pure sources on Penang Hill, a series of dams and reservoirs stores the island’s watery wealth. Crisscrossed with a lacework...

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Soon-Tzu Speechley

studied History and Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne. He now works at the Architectural Conservation Lab at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). His writing has appeared in a number of publications in Malaysia and Australia. He tweets @ speechleyish.