Central Water Catchment

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Central Water Catchment
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese中央集水区
 • PinyinZhōngyāng jí shuǐ qū
 • MalayKawasan Tadahan Air Tengah
 • Tamilமத்திய நீர் நீர்ப்பிடிப்பு
Panoramic view of Upper Peirce Reservoir, Singapore.jpg
Lower Peirce Reservoir, Singapore, at sunset - 20140513-02.jpg
Treetop Walk in MacRitchie Nature Trail, Singapore.jpg
MacRitchie Reservoir Park (5186944647).jpg
Sign at Chestnut Nature Park.jpg
Upper Seletar Reservoir, Singapore.jpg
From top left to right: Panoramic view of Upper Peirce Reservoir, Sunset at Lower Peirce Reservoir, TreeTop Walk, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Chestnut Nature Park, Upper Seletar Reservoir
Central Catchment Nature Reserve locator map.png
Central Water Catchment is located in Singapore
Central Water Catchment
Central Water Catchment
Location of Central Water Catchment within Singapore
Coordinates: 01°22′N 103°48′E / 1.367°N 103.800°E / 1.367; 103.800Coordinates: 01°22′N 103°48′E / 1.367°N 103.800°E / 1.367; 103.800
Country Singapore
RegionNorth Region
CDC Central CDC
Town councils
  • Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council
  • Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council
 • MayorNorth West CDC

Central CDC

 • Members of ParliamentHolland-Bukit Timah GRC

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

 • Total37.1 km2 (14.3 sq mi)
Area rank5th
 • Total10
 • Rank48th
 • Density0.27/km2 (0.70/sq mi)
 • Density rank49th
Postal district

The Central Water Catchment, also known as the Central Catchment Area, is a designated planning area and one of the two main water catchments of Singapore. The country's main reservoirs – MacRitchie, Upper Seletar, Upper Peirce and Lower Peirce – are in the central catchment area.[2]

The Central Water Catchment lies in the geographical centre of the city, and is largely home to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve which houses several other recreational sites, including the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari and the River Safari.


MacRitchie Reservoir has resident animals such as birds, monkeys and monitor lizards. The HSBC Treetop Walk, a one-way suspension bridge, is a common place for birdwatchers and tourists to go.

The monkeys at MacRitchie Reservoir are infamous for attacking people as they are aggressive creatures and will take any opportunity to attack people for food, self-defence or in agitation triggered by intimidation. One woman needed to get thirteen stitches on her finger as a result of the attack.[3] The National Parks Board has put up signs all over MacRitchie Reservoir teaching people on what to do when they encounter monkeys.

Birds such as the white-bellied eagle can be found in the Upper Seletar Reservoir.


  1. ^ a b Central Water Catchment (Planning Area, Singapore) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location
  2. ^ Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Archived 22 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine, National Parks Board, retrieved 4 June 2009.
  3. ^ migration (24 October 2014). "Monkey see, monkey do: 5 monkey hot spots in Singapore". The Straits Times. Retrieved 7 February 2020.