250m | 5.8 km | 3 hours
Although older pits, lakes and dams were constructed for mining purposes, it is believed that the "Ampang Impounding Reservoir" is the first water supply reservoir in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to that time, water for daily use was obtained from wells and rivers. Initial survey work for the reservoir started in 1888. The reservoir was built by damming one of the tributaries of the Ampang river, Sungai Kongsi Lapan, creating a long and narrow lake roughly 100m across and 500m long high on the hills of Ampang. Construction of the reservoir was completed in 1892. 10" pipes carried water from the reservoir to a storage tank on the "high hills behind the Residency". This is probably the water tank at Bukit Tunku, from where the water was piped to houses and businesses throughout Kuala Lumpur town. It would be an interesting project to visit the tanks and get a sense of its history and whether it's still in use today.