About us

Rijkswaterstaat is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands.

Our organisation

Rijkswaterstaat is the executive agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, dedicated to promote safety, mobility and the quality of life.

Gems of Rijkswaterstaat

The Netherlands is known worldwide for its water projects. Here we showcase some of our most prestigious projects: our gems.


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For over 80 years the Afsluitdijk is protecting our country from the sea. We are now reinforcing the dyke to meet current requirements for flood protection.

Read more about the Afsluitdijk

Maeslant Barrier

This is an exceptional flood barrier: it has the largest movable parts than any other barrier in the world. Each door is 210 m in width and can be closed fully automatically.

Read more about the Maeslant Barrier