Wednesday, May 19, 2010

where can you find spring water in s'pore?




spring water is defined as where water flows on to the surface of the earth from below the surface. thus it is where the aquifer surface meets the ground surface.

spring water is not the same as mineral water. mineral water tends to contain a higher level of elements that are known as total dissolved solids (tds).

the use of spring water is becoming common in many households in some developed countries. users of the water note that using spring water to brew coffee or tea will result in a more desirable taste for the beverage.

many people who worry about contamination levels in municipal water systems may use spring water for cooking and drinking. for washing and bathing, they still get their water from the taps.

when i lived in a kampong, we had a spring where the water seemed to be gushing out of the ground - just like the one in the top two pictures. the magnitude of the flow was quite substantial. those who lived in the vicinity would wash their clothes and take their bath around the spring. it was a mystery to me then as i often wondered where the water was coming from.


where, in singapore, can you find spring where the water flow is quite substantial? i am not referring to the hot springs at sembawang and on pulau ubin; i am talking about those where the water is clear, cool and fresh.

the top two pictures show a spring at bukit timah nature reserve. this spring is located less than 400m from the start of the kampong trail, just behind the new development that is coming up. up on the hill, there is a smaller spring near the cave path. the third picture shows a spring at bukit batok where private bus drivers collect the water to wash their buses.

14 comments:

PChew said...

In the 50s there were so many spring water at hilly grounds. One such place was at Tanah Merah between the sea and Changi Prison. We used the spring water for bathing, drinking, cooking, and washings. Click here to see pictures.

yg said...

mr chew, wow! really a lot of water coming out of the ground. wonder if the spring at tanah merah is still around?

PChew said...

It is no longer there as the hillock had been levelled up for housing estates. I notice the drain your photo is not properly maintained. Small plants and algae are seen on the drain surface.

Icemoon said...

How is spring water different from well water then?

Keith said...

Is the one in the top picture really spring water, or just water from the forest surface seeping into the ground and emerging from the pipe ?

Icemoon said...

So logically if you siphon water from a well it will be spring water? unless well water has minimum depth requirement. less than that is spring water.

yg said...

icemoon, for a well, you need to dig up to the water-table to get water. whereas in a spring, the point where the water is flowing out could be well below the water-table. the water in a well is usually contaminated to some extent.

yg said...

keith, if it is from water seepage, then the flow will not be continuous. even during the dry period, water flows out of this outlet.

yg said...

mr chew, nobody uses the place on a regular basis, so it is not maintained at all.

Keith said...

Wow, thank goodness all these spring water are now not wasted but captured by one of the reservoirs. I wonder if this water is suitable for my fish tank !?

peter said...

yg that red pail yours?

yg said...

peter, you saw my name on the pail, meh?

yg said...

peter, yes, that's my pail. i used to be the odd one washing my car at the bukit batok heavy vehicle park; all the others were bus drivers. some of the drivers were locals and some were foreigners (mainland chinese).

Chuye said...

If it is not well maintained, do you think that the water is still safe to drink?